The University of Mississippi
Landscape Services Department

Horsetail


Horsetail (Equisetum, also snake grass, puzzlegrass) is the only living genus in Equisetaceae, a family of vascular plants that reproduce by spores rather than seeds.

Water plants truly don't get any easier than horsetail. It's not surprising it's so tough; this plant has survived -- and thrived -- since prehistoric times. It offers spiky stems that look great along the margins of a pond, or potted and floating in the water. The segmented, dark green hollow stems, ringed in black, resemble a thin bamboo. Horsetail blooms branch out in a pluming spray from the stem tips. This plant can be invasive in damp places and should be confined to a container.

Light: Sun,Part Sun,Shade
Zones: 3-11
Plant Type: Perennial
Plant Height: To 3 feet tall
Plant Width: Can spread indefinitely
Landscape Uses: Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features: Attractive Foliage,Easy to Grow



 

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