Equisetum hyemale, commonly known as rough horsetail, scouring rush, scouringrush horsetail and in South Africa as snake grass, is a perennial herb in the. American Horsetail Commonly known as American Horsetail, the stems are thicker than Equisetum hyemale, plus they are an attractive pink colour when young. The stems are thicker than. Equisetum hyemale, plus they are an attractive pink colour when young. Leave old growth standing through winter, cut down in.

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The shorter days and cooler nights of November have set the garden ablaze with eye-catching foliar color. Giant Scouring Rush Equisetum Horsetail.

Nch’i-Wana, “The Big River”: Habitats include sand dunes, swales in black soil prairies and sand prairies, degraded railroad prairies, low-lying areas along rivers and ponds, marshes, seeps in open wooded areas, roadside ditches, pastures, and gravelly railroad embankments including the gravel ballast.


Instead of a single terminal cone, sometimes an older shoot will produce spore-bearing cones on short lateral stalks just below its terminal joint.

By planting an assortment of equisetmu plants as well as herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses, which promote late season allure, a last hurrah is easily achieved. This plant is widely distributed in both North America and Eurasia; the typical variety or subspecies occurs in Eurasia.

Root barriers or large sunken planters ease containment in the garden. It is primarily found in wetlandsand in riparian zones of rivers and streams where it can withstand seasonal flooding.

It forms dense spreading coloniesin full to partial sun. The plant is sometimes sold in the nursery trade as “barred horsetail” or ” Equisetum japonicum “, but is different in appearance than Equisetum ramosissimum var. The tiny leaves are joined together around the stem, forming a narrow black-green band or sheath at each joint.


Hardy to zone 4. Makes an excellent container plant, in or out of water. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Equisetum hyemale. This latter variety or species is more tall and stout than Equisetum hyemale affineand the teeth of its sheaths are supposed to be more persistent.

Robustum G Each 7. The Scouring Rush can be distinguished from other horsetails Equisetum spp. University of Washington Press.

American horsetail (Equisetum robustum)

Boiled and dried Equisetum hyemale is used as traditional polishing material, similar to a fine grit sandpaperin Japan. By using this site, roobustum agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Please fill out our Registration Form to receive news of updates to the web site, availability of new plants, give us your feedback, and to be on the mailing list to receive future printed catalogs.

Except along their upper and lower rims, the sheaths are whitish grey, brown, or black. The rough stems have been used to scour or clean pots, and used as sandpaper.

Equisetum hyemale at Digging Dog Nursery

As rovustum general rule, such hybrids are less evergreen than the Scouring Rush and they are smaller in size. Scouring Rush Equisetum hyemale affine Horsetail family Equisetaceae.

The hollow stems are up to 3 feet 0. Two Equisetum plants are sold commercially under the names Equisetum japonicum barred horsetail and Equisetum camtschatcense Kamchatka horsetail.

This plant can spread aggressively, especially in locations where the soil is poorly drained. Views Read Edit View history.

Scouring Rush (Equisetum hyemale affinis)

This page was last edited on 10 Novemberat Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land. Insects that feed on horsetails Equisetum spp. Boasting a strong architectural appeal, this California native has sturdy bamboolike stems and is much taller than the species. The central stem is medium green, olive-green, or dark green, rough in texture, and evergreen. It is also used as an accent plant eqhisetum garden ponds and ornamental pools, and other landscape water featuresequisetmu in submerged pots.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” https: The arresting foliage of these easy-care, low growing perennials robuustum tidy well into November. Its tight verticality fits into narrow planting spaces between walkways and walls, and on small balconies. However, drier conditions and other kinds of soil are tolerated. The lower rims of these sheaths are usually black, while their upper rims have tiny black teeth scale-like leaves.

Current Staff’s Favorite Plant. Equiaetum low-lying area along a pond in Champaign, Illinois, and a drainage ditch near the Windsor Road Prairie of the same city.

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The deep green stems are divided by brown joints and, because they contain silica, were once used to polish tin and wood. This cone is ovoid to broadly ellipsoid in shape, and it has a short narrow point at its apex. Scouring rush Conservation status. Some Plateau Indian tribes rrobustum the stalks to produce a drink used as a diuretic and to treat venereal disease. The horsetails are closely related to ferns and both were common during equiwetum Carboniferous period million years agowhen tree-sized horsetails and ferns occurred.

This plant often forms dense colonies; sometimes these colonies can be quite large in robsutum. It is a popular “icon plant” in contemporary Modernist and Asian style garden design.

The stems are generally deciduous in cold climates, and remain during winter in warmer climates. This makes the equisetkm feel rough and harsh. Go-Green Holiday Sale ! Because the tough stems of Scouring Rush have coarse fibers and silica deposits, they are usually avoided by mammalian herbivores.

Other habitats include moist forest and woodland openings, lake and pond shores, ditches, and marshes and swamps. The stems themselves have conspicuous ridges, which are impregnated with silica.