Eriophorum angustifolium Honck.
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent.
DistributionUSA: AK , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , ME , MI , MN , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NM , NY , OR , SD , TN , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NS , 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
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Eriophorum angustifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriophorum angustifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriophorum angustifolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff