Equisetum scirpoides - Dwarf Horsetail, Bushy Horsetail

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  • Approximate height: 15 - 20cm (6 - 8 inches) 
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 - 3cm (0 - 1 inch)
  • Flower: None
  • Supplied in the solid 9cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on using a 1 litre pot.

The smallest living horsetail, this unusual plant is actually an aquatic fern. It is an evergreen perennial, with slender, black-barred stems that remain on the plant all year round. It has much smaller and more delicate foliage than the other horsetails, and is also clump-forming and non invasive - it requires no real maintenance other than thinning out dead stems in spring. This makes it useful for providing winter interest in a small pond, barrel, or tub garden, especially in shady areas. It is sometimes advertised (incorrectly) as a British native species, but is in fact native to northern Eurasia and America. The foliage takes on a pinkish tinge in very cold weather, but is mid-green in summer. 

If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 6 Equisetum scirpoides plants per square foot of ground, or 2 - 3 plants per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.