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Field Horsetail

Equisetum arvense

Plant Data

Order:
Equisetales
Family:
Equisetaceae (Horsetail)
Flowers:
Flowerless. Horsetails reproduce by spores.
Fruit:
A blunt cone on the tip of the fertile stem in spring. The cone withers away after it has released its white spores.
Leaves:
The green stems have whorls of 4-angled leaf-like branches going up them. The branches are grow either outward or nearly erect from below the stems sheathed nodes.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The roots and stems can be eaten.
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.
Other Names:
Bottlebrush, Cat's Tail, Common Horsetail, Corncob Plant, Foxtail, Horse Pipes, Joint-grass, Mare, Mare's-tail, Meadow-pine, Paddock-pipes, Pewterwort, Pine Grass, Pinetop, Pipe Weed, Puzzle Plant, Scouring Rush, Shave Grass, Snakegrass.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, gardens, grassland, hedgerows, marshes, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, swamps, wasteland, waterside, wetland, woodland.