Pipewort (Eriocaulon septangulare)
There exist three varieties of pipewort in the Escambia region
and all appear identical except plant height differs drastically;
Pipewort is the tallest reaching heights of 36 inches or more.
Bog Buttons reach heights of 12-20 inches and Hatpins a mere
6-8 inches. The three plants do not cross pollinate, nor are
they necessarily found in the same bog location. Bog Buttons
normally prefer pine barrens; Hatpins prefer damp ditches and
moist depressions while Pipewort prefers bogs and swamps. All
produce the button-like flower ball in early spring but even
that differs in size. While the flowers appear as one tight crown.
It is, in fact, hundreds of compacted florets.