Eriophorum virginicum is a perennial grass-like (graminoid) plant, stems wiry, solitary or few, 40 cm to 1.2 m long, base rooting freely, colonial from rhizomes.
Leaves flat, 0.1-0.4 cm wide, bracts below inflorescence 2, 4-12 cm, longer than inflorescence.
Flower spikelets in a dense cluster 1.5-6 cm wide, scales reddish-brown, ribbed, bristles numerous, tan to coppery-reddish, Aug.-Oct.
Wetland status: OBL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Bogs, peaty meadows.