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Equisetum hyemale

Horsetail

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Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail)

Tall and slender, bamboo-like perennial of shallow waters and wet places. Plants grow to a height of 60" with base diameter of ½". The stems are hollow, segmented, rough surfaced and evergreen. Ashy grey bands mark stem segments

Additional Information:
Used in the past to give wood, ivory, silver, pewter and brass a fine finish. The high silicon content in the stems acts as a gentle but effective polish. Bunches of the rush were used to scour milking pails or scrubbing pots in the kitchen. Even now, it could be very useful to campers.


Height
2-5 Feet

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Spread
- Inches

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW-

Root

Rhizomes

Soil Moisture

High

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map