Horse Tail Grass
- Latin Name-Equisetum Hyemale Hardy Zone-4-9 Mature Height-2-4ft Width-1-6ft Sun Or Shade-Full Sun
Horsetail Grass - Equisetum hyemale
Horsetail grass is named for its close resemblance to the hairs of a horse’s tail. It is also known as scouring rush and snake grass. It is a reed-type plant that is similar in appearance to bamboo. However, there are several differences that make horsetail stand out as an ornamental plant. Where bamboo is woody and grows very tall, horsetail is soft and only reaches four feet in height at most. That makes it a better option for many yards and gardens where space is limited.
Horsetail grows as thin green stalks that are segmented by black rings. The deep green coloring of the stalks gives it a tropical appearance and makes it stand out in a garden. It sprouts from the soil in the spring and lasts until the winter when it dies to the ground. When spring returns the reedy plant regrows from its roots again. It spreads quickly and is best planted in an area where it has room to grow. It can also be planted in containers to prevent it from spreading and to highlight its ornate appearance. Many gardeners enjoy showing their horsetail off in a decorative container on their deck or near their pool. Others prefer to plant it as a screen, hedge, or groundcover.
It can continue spreading indefinitely if it is not contained. This plant prefers acidic soil but can also be successful in sandy soil or clay. It is a tolerant plant as long as it has plenty of water. It is rarely bothered by pests and requires minimal maintenance