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Equisetum Scirpoides- Dwarf Horsetail

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Equisetum Scirpoides- Dwarf Horsetail

Equisetum Scirpoides- Dwarf Horsetail is found around the edges of ponds and bogs, Equisetum Scirpoides - Dwarf Horsetail is an exciting addition to a wetlands area. As a unique species, the plant gives its own family who falls somewhere between moss and fern. The plants develop into large colonies and provide a habitat for fish, amphibians, and wildfowl. Throughout history, the Dwarf Horsetail has many uses as a scrubbing or sanding agent due to the high amount of silica in the reed. The slender stem of the Dwarf Horsetail is hollow and jointed. Cylindrical in shape, the stems are wiry, unbranched, and small. The green stems are accented with black banding at the nodes providing an animal or horse hair look. Although the plant doesn’t flower but reproduces by spores, the fascinating stems add texture, height, and color to the surrounding area. Dwarf Horsetail is a perennial and hardy in zones 4-9 and will live in temperatures below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The Horsetail will thrive in full sun to partial shade and moist soil. Although the horsetail will not grow submerged in water, the plant will tolerate seasonal flooding. The dwarf Horsetail will rise to a mature height of about 8 - 12 inches and the natural habitat includes swamps, marshes, riparian, wet meadows and prairies. The wetland indicator categories include FAC, FACU, FACW showing the plants occur in both wetlands and non-wetland areas. The Equisetum Scirpoides- Dwarf Horsetail, will do well in a container if you are planning to use it in addition to other plants. When planting in a beautiful yard pond, the horsetail does well in a 10-inch floating planting container. Plants can also be used as ground cover and to naturalize an area that is too wet to mow effectively. The evergreen nature of the Dwarf Horsetail creates an excellent pop of color all throughout the year.

 

Equisetum Scirpoides- Dwarf Horsetail

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