Also called Horsetail Rush, Dutch Rush, Rough Horsetail
More About Equisetum hyemale
- Rigid, hollow, bamboo-like stems
- Dark green with black banding at joints
- Produces small, brown, cone-like, stem tips in the summer
- Evergreen foliage
Native to Ontario and most of North America.
This evergreen plant can absorb silica and early settlers used the stems to scour their pots and for polishing brass and hardwood.
Scouring Rush 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 hyemale Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Wetland (Root submerged)
Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Wet Soils
Foliage ColorGreen (dark)