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Scouringrush Horsetail
Equisetum hyemale
  
About Scouringrush Horsetail (Equisetum hyemale) 18 Nurseries Carry This Plant Equisetum hyemale (Rough Horsetail or Scouring Rush) is a widespread species ative to moist forests, forest edges and stream banks, swamps, fens throughout most of California. It is primarily found in wetlands, and in riparian zones of rivers and streams where it can withstand seasonal flooding. It is also found around springs and seeps, and can indicate their presence when not flowing. Other habitats include moist forest and woodland openings, lake and pond shores, ditches, and marshes and swamps. It has jointed reed-like stalks impregnated with silica which makes them feel rough to the touch. The rough bristles have been used to scour or clean pots, used as sandpaper, as well as to shape the reeds of reed instruments such as clarinets or saxophones. Boiled and dried Equisetum hyemale is used as traditional polishing material like fine grit sandpaper in Japan. Best used in a container. If planted in the ground it can be an aggressive spreader. It is popular on the margin of ponds and bioswales.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Fern

Size
Size
3 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright Columnar

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast, Moderate

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Shade, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Keep moist

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 0° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils. Soil PH: 4.0 - 7.5

Common uses
Common uses
Bogs and Ponds, Groundcovers, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other wetland plants

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Streams, ponds, seeps, springs, ditches, and other moist, sandy or gravelly places

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.8" - 89.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.84", Coldest Month: 24.3" - 61.3", Hottest Month: 46.5" - 88.7", Humidity: 0.09" - 42.78", Elevation: -7" - 9369"


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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