Cotton Grass

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Scientific Information

Cotton Grass flower gone to seed.
Cotton Grass or Cottonsedge (Eriophorum scheuchzeri) is actually a very showy sedge, especially where growing in great drifts of white stands in very wet meadows.

The flower heads sway high above the leaves that are rolled up and appear round near a creeping root stock.

Cotton grass is distributed circumpolar, arctic, and low-arctic.

Community Information

Shishmaref

Name

Pikniq (refers to the root)

Spoken Name

Relevant Site Information

Cotton grass grows all over the wet tundra here. Locally people will find where rodents have stashed the roots. They may be eaten fresh or rinsed and eaten with uqsruq (seal oil). The root has a peanut-like taste.

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