Irish wildflowers





Hares-tail Cottongrass
Eriophorum vaginatum
Ceannbhán gaelach
Family: Cyperaceae

Flowering April-May. Fruiting May-June. Perennial. Native.
Flowers are small, green/brown with yellow anthers. Followed by seedheads covered with white, cotton-like threads. Narrow grass-like leaves. 15-45cm.
Common throughout Ireland on acidic bogs and swamps. Illustrated top left.


Common Cottongrass
Eriophorum angustifolium
Ceannbhán
Family: Cyperaceae


Flowering April-June. Fruiting June-July. Perennial. Native.
Longer leaves and cotton than Hare's-tail Cottongrass. Several flowerheads.
Common throughout Ireland on acidic bogs and swamps. Illustrated below centre.

     


     
Hares-tail Cottongrass (E.vaginatum) Common Cottongrass (E.angustifolium)


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