Horsetail Rush (Equisetum hyemale)

Horsetail Rush (Equisetum hyemale)
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Horsetail or Scrubbing Rush

Horsetail or Scrubbing Rush

Horsetail Rush (Equisetum hyemale), or scouring rush is a hollow stemmed, perennial, non-flowering plant that has been around for a long time. In fact, they were around millions of years before dinosaurs. First appearing in the Devonian period (ca. 360 to ca. 397 million years ago) of the Paleozoic era these types of rushes became a particularly dominant plant during the Carboniferous period (ca. 360 to ca. 290 mya). There were many genera and species with some growing up to 60 feet tall. The vast majority of these became extinct at the end of the Paleozoic except for one genus containing some two-dozen species. Horsetail Rush was one of the survivors. Horsetail Rush can attain a height of around three feet and the cylindrical evergreen stems have a diameter of around 1/3 of an inch. The stems are jointed and hollow, usually un-branched and have slightly raised longitudinal ridges. Tiny leaves join together to create the narrow black to greenish bands around the joints. As such, Horsetail Rush looks similar to leafless bamboo. Horsetail Rush does not produce flowers or seeds. Instead it reproduces by microscopic spores in a cone shaped strobilis that forms at the tip of fertile stems. It also propagates by rhizomes and clumps of the plant can be divided and should then be replanted immediately. This plant grows in full to partially shaded sunlight and can tolerate prolonged wet conditions however, it should not be completely submerged and the soil should kept moist at all times. Despite remaining green year-round, stems that have died out and turned brown should be pruned to maintain the plants appearance. They also grow well in containers. If the stems ever become damaged they should be pruned just above the ground level. This is because higher pruning will result in multiple new stems that can make the plant top-heavy. There are many uses for Horsetail Rush. They are often found in Japanese gardens and can add a little “chic” to any setting. They grow well in confined spaces and can be used as an accent in ultra modern architectural settings. Horsetail Rush is also popular in floral arrangements. The individual stem compartments can be filled with water by cutting small holes in them and then cut flowers inserted into these holes. Moreover, as this rush dries out in arrangements it does so without wilting or decaying. Similarly, it’s possible to run a wire through the stem and then bend or fold it into the desired position with a high degree of accuracy. Finally as its other common name suggests this plant has been used in the past for scouring. Individual sections of the plant can be bundled together, or used separately to form a scrubber. The scrubbing, scouring or polishing action is caused by sharp silica crystals in the stem. It can also be used to sand wood and it is still commercially harvested in the Northern parts of Mexico to polish high quality furniture.
Strobilus of the Horsetail Rush

Strobilus of the Horsetail Rush

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