Common cotton grass
Widely distributed, cotton grass thrives in fens, wetlands and bogs right across the northern hemisphere and into the Arctic Circle.
In the wild, it's a keystone species quickly colonising areas thereby helping to repair damaged or eroded peat.
It only grows in acidic soil where there is constant water and will spread vigorously via creeping rhizomes in those conditions.
For half of the year this evergreen sedge is fairly dull but in flower, wonderfully spectacular. The pure white fluffy seed-heads are just a joy, arriving in June and staying until the frosts.
A fabulous pond plant for wild areas that have acidic soil or it can be planted in baskets with 2cm of water above the crown.
For some inexplicable reason it's the county flower of Greater Manchester - who knew?
Hardy perennial grass (E)
Moist, wet, acidic
Pond, boggy, stream side
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