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Equisetum arvense

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Field Horsetail is a member of the Equisetum family. Its botanical name is Equisetum arvense. The scientific name epithet arvense means 'found on cultivated land'.

Deeply rooted weed which is native to swampy areas.

It is a none and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater).

Field Horsetail is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.00 metres (3.25 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late spring.

Field Horsetail is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Field Horsetail have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Field Horsetail

digging tends to be counterproductive as it encourages plant to spread. Cut to ground every time it gets over 50 cm and it eventually weakens. Expect to spend years before it gives up completely, but it will come back more slowly every time. Herbicides are ineffective.

An alternate strategy is to outcompete it with large dense shrubs. Or you could plant a lawn—the frequent mowing will exhaust it.

Field Horsetail is generally regarded as a very hardy plant, so this plant will typically do well in a plant of different extremes of cold temperature.

See our list of companion Plants for Field Horsetail to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Field Horsetail from seed

Transplanting Field Horsetail

Field Horsetail is very hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

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Field Horsetail Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin arvense meaning “greasy”, “plain”, or "like lard ".1

Other names for Field Horsetail

Cola de caballo

Equisetum arvense L.

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