cottongrass

You may think that some white cotton fell on these grass stems. In fact, that’s not the case. This is cottongrass, at its late fruiting stage, after a violent storm. Sadly, the “cotton” was exposed to the weather and I found it in this lame state. This plant grows in all nordic regions, in acidic boggy land. You can see the seeds still on the stem, they look like reddish aphids. The bristles are not suitable for textile uses, but in some northern Europe countries, they were used to fill various of domestic needs, like for stuffing pillows in Sweden. Flowering happens in early spring. There is nothing special about it, it looks quite dull. Native Americans used cottongrass to treat gastrointestinal tracts symptoms.