Cotton Grass (Eriophorum)
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Cotton Grass (also called Bog Cotton) is not a grass, but a member of the sedge family. There are 25 species of this plant, which grows mainly in cool temperate, alpine, and arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. In the Adirondacks, there are reportedly two species -- one which blooms in spring (May-June) and another which blooms later in the summer. Cotton Grass may be seen at the Paul Smiths VIC in Barnum Bog, along the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk. The early-blooming variety usually begins blooming in May.