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Eriophorum angustifolium Honck.
USDA Symbol: eran6
Extensive patches of erect stems with grass-like leaves, topped by 2-8 white, cottony heads in a cluster.
The name comes from the Greek erion (wool) and phoros (bearing). The slender bristles of cotton are actually modified sepals and petals of minute flowers. There are several similar species.
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Not Applicable Bloom Notes: Perianth
, WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Throughout the Northern Hemisphere, south to central Oregon, Idaho, northern New Mexico, Great Lakes region, New York, and northern New England; also recorded in North Carolina and Tennessee. Native Habitat:
Cold swamps and bogs.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
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: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff