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Eriophorum virginicum L.
USDA Symbol: ERVI8
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
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Record Modified: 2012-11-07
Research By: TWC Staff