Eriophorum vaginatum

Eriophorum vaginatum

Product no.: 060

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Tufted Cottongrass, Hare's Tail Cottongrass. 

  • Approximate height: 25cm (10 inches)
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 - 10cm (0 - 4 inches)
  • Flowering time: March to June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Supplied bare root

A native British species, but much less well-known than its relative the Common Cottongrass. Unlike the Common Cottongrass, this species forms compact clumps and never runs. The dark-green leaves are thinner and spikier and the flowerheads are much neater and more round, looking like little white pom-poms, produced in spring and lasting through until midsummer.

Planting Tips: Eriophorum vaginatum forms next year's cotton flowerheads while the current year's are still on the plant. For this reason it is important not to cut your plant back to the ground at the end of the year when the foliage goes yellow - you will cut off the new flower buds at the base of the plant along with the old leaves. If you want to cut the plant back, leave three inches of foliage at the base, to preserve next year's flowers. 

We recommend starting your Eriophorum vaginatum off in a pot of 1 litre capacity. Read more on how to pot and care for your plant here.

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