The Common cotton-grass (Eriophorum angustifolium) is the county flower for Greater Manchester. The fluffy white flower and seed heads give this plant its name, although technically it is a sedge and not a grass at all. It is a familiar sight flowering around May and June on the moors around the town.
The borough also abounds with other wild flowers. A walk through the woods at Piethorne will offer carpets of our native Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta).
Meadows, with their sheer diversity of plants such as plantains, docks, scabious, thistles, hawbits, clovers and herbs mixed in among native grasses Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata), Timothy (Phleum pratense), Sweet Vernal-grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum), are found in the farming areas as well as at Hollingworth Lake Country Park.
Some of the rarer flowering plants to be found are Hemlock Water Dropwort (Oenanthe crocata) found in Heywood and the Chinese Bramble (Rubus tricolor) along the Rochdale Canal.