- Latin Name-Equisetum Hyemale Hardy Zone-4-9 Mature Height-2-4ft Width-1-6ft Sun Or Shade-Full Sun
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Horsetail sedge - Equisetum hyemale
If you are looking for some plants to create or add to your existing landscape, then you should try horsetail. Commonly referred to as rough horsetail or scouring rush, this plant is a descendant from plants that existed over 400 million years ago in the Paleozoic era. Horsetail (Equisetum hyemale) does not produce flowers and can grow up to 4 feet tall and is a plant that is comprised of hairy segmented stems that form a thick band at the top and bottom of each segment. Fertile segments will grow a cone-shaped fruit that releases microscopic spores. Horsetail is a hardy, fast-growing plant that is a perennial and flourishes in USDA zones 3 through 11. This plant prefers full to partial sun and can grow in different types of soil and prefers the soil be moist and can thrive in up to 4 inches of water, so it is commonly found in swamps, bogs, marshes, and other wetlands. Horsetail can be grown in planters or containers and require moist soil especially if temperatures are hot and dry. Horsetail makes a great addition to any landscape, and due to its preference and ability to thrive in the moist soil it makes an excellent choice for ponds, waterfalls, ornamental pools, and because of its bamboo-like appearance, it looks excellent in Oriental-style gardens.
It is interesting to note that not only has horsetail been used to create stunning landscapes, but because it has thrived for millions of years it has been utilized as more than a decorative plant. Horsetail has been used for medicinal purposes dating back to ancient Rome and Greece and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as its use as a dietary supplement. In addition to medicinal purposes horsetails common names “rough horsetail” and “scouring rush” are derived from their use by pioneers to scrub “scour” their pots and pans.
Horsetail makes a great addition to any garden or landscape and its ability to tolerate different soils and water conditions, as well as its low maintenance and ability to increase, makes it a natural plant to care for. Its versatility makes it an excellent choice no matter how large or small the area you want to use it in is as it can thrive in pots and planters just as well as in traditional gardens or yards.