If you're visiting Greenland during summer and autumn, you'll notice hundreds of little fluffy buds looking like cotton tufts all over the island's terrain. In winter and spring they look rather ordinary and inconspicuous but after fertilization, in summer they turn into perfect hairy puffs that contrast with the grey surrounding. They often grow in the wetlands and bogs, but it's better to avoid traveling to those places. Unlike cotton, the bristles of the cottongrass aren't suitable for making textile because they are too tender though they are used to make paper, pillows, candle-wicks, and wound dressings. Some parts of the plant are edible and are a part of the Inuit diet.
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