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Equisetum hyemale - Horsetail

Native Wetland Plants

Equisetum hyemale

Horsetail

More About Horsetail

  • Rapid rhizomatous spreader

Equisetum hyemale, Horsetail, spreads from creeping rhizomes in an extremely wide range of soils from full sun to part shade. Growing 3-5' tall in dense dark green colonies this is a great choice for moist low spots where nothing else will grow. Although horsetail lacks true leaves or flowers it's beautiful cones and the upright stems add a nice vertical accent to shoreline edges. Evergreen colors carry well into the winter.  Equisetum hyemale provides habitat for pond life and is a favorite perch of dragonflies. Historically horsetail was used for scouring, sanding, and filing because of the high silica content in the stems. 

Bloom Color

Brown

Equisetum hyemale Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
2' - 4'
Spread Characteristics
Rhizomatous - Rapid
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Pond Zonation
Flood Plain - Upland
High Marsh - Saturated Soil
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Cover
Fish
Food
Nesting
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Goose Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
FACW
FACW+
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Marginal
Rush
Attributes
Container
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Great Foliage
Ground Cover
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
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