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Equisetum fluviatile

Also called Water horsetail


More About Equisetum fluviatile

  • Forms dense colonies in shallow water or ponds
  • Tall, erect, dark green, smooth stems sport fine ridges
  • At each joint, the stem has a whorl of tiny, black-tipped, scale leaves
  • Stems can also sport short, slender ascending and spreading branches of dark green
  • Stems are hollow and can be readily pulled apart at the joints

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and most of North America.

Zone:

3

Height:

60-75 cm

Spread:

60-70 cm

Colour:

Non-flowering
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River Horsetail Growing and Maintenance Tips

Equisetum is known to be very invasive. They spread by creeping rhizomes, and planting them in containers with the lip slightly above ground is recommended. Plants can be used in ponds and marshes with a depth of 10-15 cm of standing water. Very adaptable to both wet and dry conditions.


Equisetum fluviatile Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Fast
Fast
Evergreen
Evergreen
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)

Habit

Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing