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Equisetum sylvaticum L.
Synonym(s): Equisetum sylvaticum var. multiramosum, Equisetum sylvaticum var. pauciramosum
USDA Symbol: eqsy
Horsetails are high in silicates (sand) so have been used as pot scrubbers and bottle brushes.
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Not Applicable Bloom Time:
Mar , Apr , May Bloom Notes:
Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores contained within sporangia borne on peltate
, WY Canada: AB
, YT Native Habitat:
Forest Edge,Prairie/Meadow/Field,Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field,Riparian,Swamp/Marsh
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff