Seen from afar, the white flakes look like flowers. But it is the infructescence that draws everyone's attention with their long white hair. The actual flowering of the cotton grass in spring is completely unspectacular, hardly noticeable. Of the many types of cotton grass, narrow-leaved cotton grass, sheath cotton grass and Scheuchzer's cotton grass can be found more or less frequently within Ötztal. For us laypeople, the differences are difficult to see. But what we, as hikers, should know in particular: all cotton grasses are warning plants. They point us to wet spots where we could sink in the mud far beyond the edge of our hiking boots if we don't bypass them.