Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Eriophorum vaginatum L. - Hare's-tail Cottongrass - Cyperaceae
Eriophorum vaginatum
© Robert Nash
Eriophorum vaginatum
© Roy Anderson
Eriophorum vaginatum
(Map updated: March 2008)

A common species which is most conspicuous in fruit, when its single head produces silky-white cotton-like plumes. Each shoot produces only one head of flowers/fruit, unlike the common cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium) or the much rarer broad-leaved cottongrass (E. latifoium).

All names: Eriophorum vaginatum L.; Eriophorum opacum auct.; Eriophorum brachyantherum auct.