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Hippuris vulgaris - Mare's tail

Native Wetland Plants

Hippuris vulgaris

Mare's tail

More About Mare's tail

  • Fresh water aquatic
  • Rapid rhizomatous spreader
  • Native competitor to Parrot feather

Hippuris vulgaris, Mare's tail, has the appearance of a pleasant green bottlebrush growing in patches found primarily in the shallow areas of ponds, lakes, streams or any wet muddy shore where water levels fluctuate. The flowers of Hippuris vulgaris are inconspicuous and the leaves and stems vary in shape depending on whether they are growing in submergent or emergent conditions. The underwater portions of Mare's tail are flexible and develop longer leaves.  The emergent portions tend to be stiff and more erect with shorter more narrow leaves.   Mare's tail is a native substitute for the aggressive Parrot feather.

Bloom Color

Green

Hippuris vulgaris Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
< 1'
Spread Characteristics
Rhizomatous - Rapid
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Pond Zonation
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Shallow Water 6" - 12"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Cover
Fish
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Marginal
Oxygenator
Attributes
Container
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Oxygenator
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
2
3
4
5
6
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