Populus fremonti – It’s a cloud of cotton by any name

Each June the skies, screens, lawns and air conditioning filters across the Rocky Mountain West and Great Plains are filled with flying cotton from the indigenous cottonwood trees.

A Riverton lawn resembles new fallen snow as cottonwood lint falling to the ground reaches it’s peak {h/t Randy Tucker}

Pioneers used cottonwood lint to stuff pillows and as a fire starter but there are few modern applications for this material.

Heavy accumulations of cottonwood lint piled up on a chicken wire fence {h/t Randy Tucker}

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