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The inconspicuous flowers of Marestail are minute and petalless. They are pink and form at the bases of the leaves.
A tiny, ovoid, green nut. Each nut contains 1 seed.
An unbranched, erect perennial waterweed which grows in still or slow flowing water. Most of the plant is submerged beneath the water. The strap-shaped leaves are in whorls of 6 to 12. Marestail has been semantically confused with Horsetails but they are two different plants altogether.
The leaves and shoots are edible, raw or cooked. They can be used to make soup.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Bottlebrush, Cat-tail, Joint Weed, Paddock Piper, Witch's Milk.
Bogs, ditches, marshes, ponds, swamps, water, waterside.