A Perennial herb, the horsetail reeds look like slender bamboos, in a tender green color with minute bands along its length.This grassy vertical plant spreads like wildfire, but in water!
Native to Europe,North America and Asia, this swamp lover is great for landscaping in yards, particularly around ponds. It gives a marshy appearance and requires no attention, except your admiration. As this is a quick spreader, it is unkillable and it will hog up all your space,so maintaining this plant can be a task! It looks super modern when grown in containers and is often used as a border plant.
Common name: Horsetail, rough horsetail, scouring rush
Scientific name: Equisetum hyemale
Size: about 2 – 6 feet tall
Maintenance: Easy. Water frequently and give it sun.
Toxicity: Poisonous for cattle
Where to keep the plant: Plant needs sun, so keep it in the balcony or in the garden. Can be kept indoors as long as it gets sun often.
Everyday. The horsetail loves water. If the elegant reeds are planted in a container, water everyday, the soil should always be wet. It can tolerate standing in water.
Full sun to shade, this flexible plant will thrive in whatever you give it.
Again, this ever-accepting plant will happily grow in gravelly-sandy soil, to clayey marshy waterlogging soil. Adding in some clay can increase the water retention of the soil, so that's ideal.
Horsetail plants prefer high temperature and humid air, but they won't complain if these conditions are not met.
Equisetum hyemale does not need any fertilizing, it can grow in the poorest qualities of soil. If you wish, you may add in organic matter to improve soil quality.
You will not be propagating this plant, be assured. In fact gardeners get so troubled by this quick spreading plant, that more often the care instructions, they look for ways to get rid of it! Rhizomes, stem cuttings,or spores(which the plant develops in spring and summer months) may be used if at all you think of propagating the horsetail plant.