Scientific Name: Equisetum arvense Form: Oval - vertical
Common Name:common horsetail Texture:Fine
Family Name:EquisetaceaeHabit: Spreading
Plant Type: Weed (horticultural), Herbaceous perennial Mature Size (ht. X w.):0.2 - 0.4m x 4 - 5m
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, B.C. east of Cascades, Canada - central, Canada - eastern, Canada - northern, U.S. - northeast, Europe Hardiness Zone:Zone 2: (-46 to -40 C)
Leaves: Simple, Whorled, Soft flexible, Linear, Entire
Flowers: n/a, Spike-like
Fruit: Sporangium (spores), Brown
Exposure: Full sun, Filtered shade, Deep shade
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Landscape Uses: Erosion control, Reclamation
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.