Equisetum hyemale var. affine

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Scouring-rush, Horsetail


Plant Specifics

Size:2-4 ft tall by 0.1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Water gardens, edges of retention ponds, rain gardens or bioswales.
Considerations:This plant will spread.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom, Loam
Soil pH:



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 in Florida
USDA Zones

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

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Its tough stems were used to scour pots and pans.
General 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.