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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A low-lying area along a pond in Champaign, Rrobustum, and a drainage ditch near the Windsor Road Prairie of the same city. It is a popular “icon plant” in contemporary Modernist and Asian style garden design. Its tight verticality fits into narrow planting spaces between walkways and walls, and on small balconies.

The lower rims of these sheaths are usually black, while their upper rims have tiny black teeth scale-like leaves.

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Usually this species is easy to identify, although sometimes it forms sterile hybrids with other horsetails. Lone Pine Publishing and University of Alberta. Adequate water, mulch and a mid-season trim help ensure their staying power.

Go-Green Holiday Sale ! Boiled and dried Equisetum hyemale is used as traditional polishing material, similar to a fine grit sandpaperin Japan. Scouring rush Conservation status. The cone is densely covered with rows of spore-bearing tubercles; it is usually pale yellow or pale reddish yellow.


Habitats include sand dunes, swales in black soil prairies and sand prairies, equlsetum railroad prairies, low-lying areas along rivers and equusetum, marshes, seeps in open wooded areas, roadside ditches, pastures, and gravelly railroad embankments including the gravel ballast. It forms dense spreading coloniesin full to partial sun.

These are both types of E. The central stem is medium green, olive-green, or dark green, rough in texture, and evergreen. Except along their upper and roustum rims, the sheaths are whitish grey, brown, or black.

The horsetails are closely related to ferns and both were common during the Carboniferous period million years agowhen tree-sized horsetails and ferns occurred. It has few problems with pests and disease organisms. I am always impressed by the large dense colonies that are often formed by the stems of this plant.

The root system consists of extensive rhizomes with fibrous secondary roots.

American horsetail (Equisetum robustum)

The hollow stems are up to 3 feet 0. Robustum G Each 7.

In nature Equisetum hyemale grows in mesic reliably moist habitats, often in sandy or gravelly areas. By planting an assortment of woody plants as well as herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses, which promote late season allure, a last hurrah is easily achieved.

The stems are not branched. The rough stems have been used to scour or clean pots, and used as sandpaper. Current Staff’s Favorite Plant. Makes an excellent container plant, in or out of water. A retail and mail-order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard-to-find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.


Equisetum hyemalecommonly known as rough horsetail[1] scouring rushscouringrush horsetail and in South Africa as snake grass, is a perennial herb in the fern Division Pteridophyta.

Equisetum robustum – Dictionary Definition :

The shorter days and cooler nights of November have set the garden ablaze with eye-catching foliar color. These teeth are semi-deciduous and they often break off the sheaths with age.

The coal deposits of Illinois were formed in large part from the ancestral plants of today’s horsetails and ferns. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category equsietum is on Wikidata Taxonbars with 25—29 taxon IDs.

Other habitats include moist forest and woodland openings, lake and pond shores, ditches, and marshes and swamps. Because of its tall stems and tendency to form dense colonies, Scouring Rush provides excellent cover for various kinds of wildlife, including wetland birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

Each of the plants included in this newsletter bestow either plump berries, late blooms, compelling foliage or artful branching patterns. Because the tough stems of Scouring Rush have coarse fibers and silica deposits, they are usually avoided by mammalian herbivores. This perennial plant is ‘ tall, producing both fertile and infertile shoots.