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Scientific Name: Equisetum arvense
Pronunciation: eck-wih-SEE-tum are-VEN-see
Common Name: common horsetail
Family Name: Equisetaceae
Plant Type: Weed (horticultural), Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: Aggressive weed; stems straight up, hollow with horizontal separations; leaves whorled, soft needle-like; spores borne from cone-like structures at stem tip; abrasive to touch.
Course(s): HORT 1155, Level 2 Apprenticeship

Habit: Spreading
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:4 - 5m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: B.C. east of Cascades, B.C. west of Cascades, Canada - central, Canada - eastern, Canada - northern, Europe, U.S. - northeast
Hardiness Rating: Zone 2: (-46 to -40 C)
Exposure: Deep shade, Filtered shade, Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Erosion control, Reclamation
Additional Info: Google
common horsetail
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Whorled
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Colour in Fall: Yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acuminate
Bases: Truncate
Margins: Entire
Additional Info: actually these are branches; the "leaves" are microphylls at the jointed nodes

Inflorescence Type: Spike-like, n/a
Flower Morphology:
Colour (petals): No flowers
Flower Time at Peak:

Fruit Type: Sporangium (spores)
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes

Propagation: Division - below ground parts
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant
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