Friday, 18 May 2012

Bog Cotton

I noticed a few strands of bog cotton while taking pictures out on the Bog Road. It usually appears later, around June so these were just a few sparse stands. Later it can be seen in gorgeous delicate swathes between the bog heathers.

This is the single headed variety of bog cotton which likes damp ground but not ground which is completely water logged. There is a many headed form which grows in pools of water and draws up water through it's stem. This variety uses its leaves which are long and rolled in to needles, to conserve water.

I love it's hairy delicateness and the way it swishes in the breeze. It holds a promise of Summer which is welcome as May has been unusually cold and wet so far..

1 comment:

  1. ...another amazing catch of the artist's eye! Thank you! I'm delighted.