EQUISETUM HYEMALE also known as Horstail and Scouring Rush.
A hardy perennial dating back to the Carboniferous period of the Paleozoic Era, at which time the fossil record shows that they grew over 40 feet tall with the diameter of a large tree trunk. This vertical, rush-like evergreen spreading perennial produces branch-less, hollow and corrugated stems with black bands ring the nodes and reaches 5 to 6 feet in height. The hollow stems retain large quantities of silica, hence another common name Scouring Rush, which give them an abrasive quality which was used for centuries to smooth the shafts of arrows, polish suits of armor, fine finish work in watch making, cabinetry, scour barrels, filing and polishing metals.
Equestum Hyemal can be used in ponds in water up to 4 inches deep, at the edge, or plant directly in the ground. It will grow well in full sun or shade, and is hardy below 15 degrees F. Horsetails show promise as ground covers for dikes, road cuts, abandoned strip mines and other bare areas. They tend to absorb heavy metals, and so may be useful as biological monitors of water or soil contamination by zinc, cadmium and lead.
The Equisetum hyemal has the stunning look of Bamboo on a small scale
We are offering a well-established plant 10 to 14 inches tall