Equisetum hyemale

scouring-rush, horsetail



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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-4 ft    Width: 0.1 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green,NA
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Water gardens, edges of retention ponds
Considerations: This plant will spread.
Propagation: Division
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Loam


Provides good cover at the edges of waterways or ponds.
Native Habitats: Sandy soils in river floodplains, lake edges, ditches, sloughs.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Its tough stems were used to scour pots and pans.

Other Comments:

Leaves are very small and arranged in circles around the stem at each node giving it a banded appearance. This is a fern ally and reproduces by spores.