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Horsetail

Equisetum arvense

Also known as

Mares Tail, Horse Pipes, Snake Grass, Common Horsetail, Scouringrush, Western Horsetail, Field horsetail

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H6-H2

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

60cm

20cm

Min

20cm

2 years to reach maturity

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Horsetail Overview

Horsetails are upright herbaceous perennials. They are non-flowering plants like ferns and so reproduce through spores and rhizomes. They appear in two forms. The green stems with needle-like structures which are sterile and brown stems with a cone-shaped structure that produces spores for reproduction.

How to harvest Horsetail

Young green shoots can be harvested.

How to propagate Horsetail

Division

Propagation by division.

Special features of Horsetail

Wet sites

Produces brown sporangia that release spores in wet sites.

Other uses of Horsetail

It is the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopsida, which for over 100 million years was much more diverse and dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests.

Edible

Young green shoots can be harvested and eaten like asparagus