A meaningful name
One Inuktitut name for Cotton grass is Puallunguat, meaning “imitation mittens”.
Cotton grass uses
Traditionally, the long Cotton grass seed bristles that make up the cotton are used to make wicks for lamps. The bristles are also used as insulation for clothing and bedding, and for starting fires.
Cotton grass characteristics
Some species have horizontal, underground stems where nutrients are stored from one growing season to the next. Although it’s called Cotton grass, this plant is actually a sedge, which is in a different plant family altogether.