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Equisetum hyemale

Rough Horsetail, Scouring Rush

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1 G Weight: 25.0 lb

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Rough Horsetail is a non-blooming evergreen perennial found in moist woods and hills sides.  The stiff and hollow plant stems grow rigidly upright and are bamboo-like with its stem nodes being marked with whorls of toothed scale-like leaves.  A cone-like fruiting head appears at the tip of the stems containing spores.  Rought Horsetail is an aggressive spreader.  Prefers part sun and moist soils.  




2’ - 4’


1’ - 6’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 9


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance.  Very aggressive spreader- if preemptive measures such as soil barriers are not taken before planting Rough Horsetail is extremely hard to remove.  It can grow in standing water.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland Garden, Native Gardens, Pond Edges, Water Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Cardinal Flower, Blue Flag, Swamp Milkweed

IMAGE: Thayne Tuason, Equisetum hyemale along Columbia River at Spanish Castle 1, CC BY-SA 4.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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