Equisetum hyemale

Horsetail
Plant Type

Grass-Like, Perennial

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

3′ Spreading

Exposure

Full Sun, partial Shade

Water

High, Medium Water

Special Features

Desert Conditions, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Spreading

Sunset Garden Zones

1-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

3-11

Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail) is a common spreading rush a reed-like evergreen perennial that grows to 3 ft tall. The plant stems are cylindrical hollow jointed and about 1/3 inch in diameter. They have rough ridges. The tiny leaves are joined together around the stem forming a narrow black-green band or sheath at each joint. Like other ferns and their relatives this “scouring” rush does not produce flowers or seeds.

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