Cotton Grass is looking beautiful on the Peak District moolands at present!
There are actually two types of Cotton Grass. Common Cotton Grass which often has two flower spikes on each stem, and Hare’s Tail Cotton Grass which grows in tussocks and only ever has one flower spike per stem.
The two pictures below were taken on the moorland just below White Edge last week and are fine examples of Hare’s Tail Cotton Grass. The guided walk was arranged with a personal walking guide for the day.
Despite its name, it actually isn’t possible to produce cotton from the plant because the hairs are to brittle and can’t be twisted.