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 coal deposits of Illinois were formed in large part from the ancestral plants of today’s horsetails and ferns. The rough stems have been used to scour or clean pots, and used as sandpaper.

The plant is sometimes sold in the nursery trade as “barred horsetail” or ” Equisetum japonicum “, but is different in appearance than Equisetum ramosissimum var. Makes an excellent container plant, in or out of water. It is primarily found in wetlandsand in riparian zones robutsum rivers and streams where it can withstand seasonal flooding.

Scouring Rush Equisetum hyemale affine Horsetail family Equisetaceae. It forms dense spreading coloniesin full to partial sun.

This plant is usually found in degraded habitats and less often in higher quality natural areas.


The deep green stems are divided by brown joints and, because they contain silica, were once used to polish tin and wood. Hardy to zone 4. At the present time, only Equisetum hyemale affine is recognized for North America. Equisetum hyemale has vertical jointed reed-like stalks of medium to dark green. Because the tough stems of Scouring Rush have coarse fibers and silica deposits, they are usually avoided by mammalian herbivores.

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Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. The arresting foliage of these easy-care, low growing equietum remains tidy well into November. This plant often forms dense colonies; sometimes these colonies can be quite large in size.

Scouring rush Conservation status. In spite of this common name, the Scouring Rush Equisetum hyemale affine is not a rush, but a horsetail.

Equisetum hyemale – Wikipedia

This is the largest horsetail in Illinois; it is somewhat unusual in having evergreen stems. The cones release their spores from late spring to mid-summer; they wither away later in the year. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The interior cavity of the central stem is quite large, spanning at least two-thirds of its diameter. Digging Dog Nursery A retail and mail-order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard-to-find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.


Deborah’s arrangement was featured in the Garden Design Trends Report! Equisetum hyemale cultivated as an ornamental plantfor use in contained garden beds and planters, and in pots. Boiled and dried Equisetum hyemale is used as traditional polishing material, similar to a fine grit sandpaperin Japan.

American horsetail (Equisetum robustum)

Current Staff’s Favorite Plant. Except along their upper and lower rims, the sheaths are whitish grey, brown, or black. Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land. The cone is densely covered with rows of spore-bearing tubercles; it is usually pale yellow or pale reddish yellow. University of Washington Press.

This plant is widely distributed in both North America and Eurasia; the typical variety or subspecies occurs in Eurasia. The stems are not branched. Views Read Edit View history. Archived from the original xls on The lower rims of these sheaths are usually black, while their robustu, rims have tiny black teeth scale-like leaves. Robustum G Each 7. The hollow stems are up to 3 feet 0.