Equisetum hyemale

scouring-rush, horsetail

Equisetaceae


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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-4 ft    Width: 0.1 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green,NA
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Water gardens, edges of retention ponds
Considerations: This plant will spread.
Propagation: Division
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Loam

Ecology

Provides good cover at the edges of waterways or ponds.
Native Habitats: Sandy soils in river floodplains, lake edges, ditches, sloughs.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Ethnobotany: Its tough stems were used to scour pots and pans.
Other Comments: Leaves are very small and arranged in circles around the stem at each node giving it a banded appearance. This is a fern ally and reproduces by spores.