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  • Prehistoric Plant: Rough horsetail is considered one of the most primitive plant species, dating back to the time of the dinosaurs. It belongs to a plant group called Equisetaceae, which has been around for over 300 million years.

  • Appearance: Rough horsetail is a non-flowering plant with segmented, jointed stems. The stems are hollow and have a rough texture due to the presence of abrasive silica crystals. These stems can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall and are green in color.

  • Wetland Indicator: Equisetum hyemale is often found in wetland habitats, such as marshes, swamps, and along stream banks. Its presence is considered an indicator of moist or poorly drained soils. It can also tolerate brackish water conditions.

  • Invasive Potential: While rough horsetail can be an interesting addition to a garden or landscape due to its unique appearance, it has invasive tendencies in some regions. Its rhizomatous root system can spread rapidly, making it difficult to control.

  • Historical Uses: In the past, the abrasive texture of rough horsetail stems made them suitable for use as a natural scrubbing tool for cleaning pots and pans, hence the common name "scouring rush." Additionally, some Native American tribes used it medicinally for various purposes.
  • SPREAD 100-200 CM
  • HEIGHT 60-100 CM 

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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