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Eriophorum virginicum L.
USDA Symbol: ERVI8
Spikelets in a dense, head-like, terminal cluster with tufts of tawny, copper-colored, or whitish, silky hairs elongating greatly as seeds mature; stem triangular toward top, round below.
There are numerous species of these mostly northern cotton- grasses (actually sedges), most with white instead of tan bristles. They are especially showy in open northern bogs, which from a distance may appear to be covered with snow. The genus name is from the Greek erion (cotton or wool) and phoros (bearing) and refers to the cottony nature of the fruiting head, as does the common name cottongrass.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WV Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Manitoba east to Newfoundland, south to Georgia, and northwest to Tennessee, Iowa, and Minnesota. Native Habitat:
Bogs and wet meadows.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-11-07
Research By: TWC Staff