60. Common Cottongrass / Bog Cotton

No 60
Common Name: Common Cottongrass / Bog Cotton
Scientific Name: Eriophorum angustifolium
Irish Name: Ceannbhán
Family: Cyperaceae
Habitat: Grows in very damp peaty ground.
Uses: Bog Cotton was used by our forebears as a feather substitute to stuff pillows and mattresses. Sheep, cattle, and geese are also partial to it tender stem and in harder times it came in handy as a fodder supplement. Bog Cotton mixed with 25% wool or cotton made a fabric that was used in the manufacture of cloth, carpets, and roofing felt.

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