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Equisetum fluviatile - Water horsetail

Native Wetland Plants

Equisetum fluviatile

Water horsetail

More About Water horsetail

  • Rapid rhizomatous spreader

Equisetum fluviatile, Water horsetail, is a fairly slender medium-sized Equisetum growing 1-2' tall in dense dark green colonies along shorelines and shallow water. Although lacking true leaves or flowers, the upright stems of Water horsetail add a nice vertical accent to horizontal shoreline edges. Water horsetail plant provides habitat for pond life and was used historically for scouring, sanding and filing because of the high silica content in the stems. Horsetails have the ability to absorb heavy metals from soil and are often used in remediation projects involving heavy metal contaminants.

Bloom Color

Brown

Equisetum fluviatile Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
1' - 2'
Spread Characteristics
Rhizomatous - Rapid
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Pond Zonation
High Marsh - Saturated Soil
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Cover
Fish
Food
Nesting
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Goose Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Marginal
Rush
Attributes
Container
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
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