Horsetail

Scientific Name:

Equisetum hyemale

Type:

Herbaceous Plant

Habitat:

Open and wooded areas near riparian habitats

Range:

North America, Europe, and northern Asia

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Horsetail, also known as scouring rush, is an evergreen, reed-like plant that grows to about 3 feet tall. Their jointed stems are cylindrical and hollow.

Fast Facts:

  • Horsetails have been around for 400 million years!

  • Around 350 million years ago, during the Devonian period, horsetail ancestors grew in thick forests tall as trees.

  • Horsetails reproduce via spores.

  • The plants have abrasive silica inside the hollow stems. This grittiness was used to scour and clean goods as well as pots and pans.

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