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Equisetum hyemale

Also called Horsetail Rush, Dutch Rush, Rough Horsetail


Equisetum hyemale - Scouring Rush

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

Interesting Notes:

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.

Zone:

3

Height:

60-100 cm

Spread:

100-200 cm

Colour:

Non-flowering
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Fast
Fast
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Evergreen
Evergreen
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Wetland (Root submerged)
Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Wet Soils

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge