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Eriophorum vaginatum - Tufted Cottongrass, Hare's Tail Cottongrass

Regular price £3.95

  • Approximate height: Foliage: 25cm (10 inches) Flower: 45cm (18 inches)
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 - 10cm (0 - 4 inches)
  • Flowering time: March to June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Supplied in the 7cm pot and light soil we grow them in - we recommend potting on using a 1 litre pot and aquatic soil. 

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 thin and spiky, it grows more slowly, and the flowerheads are taller, much neater, and more round, looking like little white pom-poms, produced in spring and lasting through until midsummer.

Please note that, from May onwards, these plants will not have cotton flowerheads on them when you receive them, as these will need to be trimmed to fit in the packaging. 

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. 

Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.