Cotton Grass (Eriophorum angustifolium)

Perennial
E. polystachion.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Cotton Grass
Eriophorum angustifolium
Cyperaceae

The cottony seed hairs are used to make candle wicks[4, 13, 100, 172]. They are also used for stuffing pillows[4, 74, 141], paper making etc and as a tinder[74]. Experiments have been made in using the hairs as a cotton substitute, but they are more brittle than cotton and do not bear twisting so well[4].

The dried leaves and stems have been woven into soft mats or covers[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves and roots are considerably astringent and have been used in the past as a treatment for diarrhoea[4].

    Some native North American Indian tribes would eat the stems raw in order to restore good health to people in generally poor health[257].

  • Edible Use

    Young stem bases – raw or cooked[172]. Usually cooked and eaten with oil[257].

    Root – raw or cooked[257]. The blackish covering should be removed[172].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in situ in spring in a moist soil in light shade. Germination usually takes place within 2 – 6 weeks at 15¡c[200]. If the seed is in short supply it can be sown in pots in a cold frame. Place the pots in a try of water to keep the compost moist. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, the divisions can be replanted direct into their permanent positions.
Requires boggy conditions or a pond margin and an acid soil[1, 162]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Quite invasive.
Arctic and temperate regions of Europe, including Britain, to Siberia and N. America.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.