When you hear the word cotton you think of simple cotton. Forget all about that because I'm talking about Alaskan cotton. There are fourteen different kinds that grow in roadside ditches and in moist areas, here and there all over Alaska. The seed pod opens up in June and July. The cotton grows twelve to fifteen inches tall. This plant is stiff and has linear leaves that look like blades of grass. The seed pods are soft, white, hairy heads at the top of the stalk. The lower stems and roots are edible and mice collect them. Eskimos unearth mouse caches and help themselves to these wonderful tasting "Mouse Nuts".
Created by Jeremy
Photo by Verna Pratt, used with permission, edited by Jeremy