Equisetum hyemale/Horsetail

Equisetum hyemale / Equisetum hyemale
Close-up of the classic green-stemmed plant with hollow stems
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Close-up of the classic green-stemmed plant with hollow stems

Can become an invasive plant in agricultural areas

A very large ground cover planting at the Shangri La Gardens in Orange, TX

Used in a confined area of a landscape development

In a water garden in a good use of this species

A close view shows the segmented joints of this plant

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Scientific Name: Equisetum hyemale
Common Name: Horsetail
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: None
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: An aggressive invading pest that takes over space in agricultural lands in the southeast where water is abundant. It can also be a pest in gardens. If you must grow it, do so in a container or in an area where its growth can be restricted. Good in the water garden, as it will grow in up to 4" of water. Should never be used near large bodies of water where plants can escape and invade wetlands.