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 Native Plant Database

Equisetum arvense


Field horsetail


Equisetaceae (Horsetail Family)



Equisetum arvense (Field horsetail)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia


Common through most parts of the country.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Whorled
Leaf: Green
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores contained within sporangia borne on peltate sporophylls.

Distribution

USA: AL , AK , AZ , AR , CA , CO , CT , DE , GA , ID , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MS , MO , MT , NE , NV , NH , NJ , NM , NY , NC , ND , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VT , VA , WA , WV , WI , WY , DC
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NT , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Habitat: Forest Edge,Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field,Riparian,Swamp/Marsh

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

Benefit

Use Other: Rhizomes used in basketry by Native Americans.
Interesting Foliage: yes

Last Update: 2008-10-19