Dwarf Horsetail

Equisetum scirpoides

Item 032011


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Key feature:
  • Light Needs
    Partial sun
  • Watering Needs
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

A truly miniature horsetail reed formed by dense mats of slender jointed stems. Use as a low grass-like groundcover in full sun or partial shade. Invasive; use in a container or in a contained area. Evergreen.

Price: $23.50
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Average Landscape Size
6 to 8 in. tall. Spreading habit.
Botanical Name: Equisetum scirpoides
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Special Feature: Deer Resistant, Dwarf Plant, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils
Foliage Color: Green
Bloom Time: Does not flower
Flower Color: No
Garden Style: Contemporary ,   Asian/Zen
Design Ideas: Unlike its taller cousins, treat this Horsetail as a groundcover. Grow along edges of paving, let it surround stepping stones and combine with irregular masses of other low, light-colored ornamental grasses producing a lovely mosaic.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.


The naturally high amounts of silica in the horsetail reed has caused it's use as a sanding or scrubbing agent since ancient times.

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