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Equisetum scirpoides

Family: Equisetaceae
Genus: Equisetum (ek-wis-SEE-tum) (Info)
Species: scirpoides (skir-POI-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Hippochaete scirpoides

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative plantaholic186 On Apr 13, 2009, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

NEVER plant this outside of a non-draining container. I made the mistake of planting a few, and had to rip out an entire bed to try to get rid of it. In one year, it had spread at least 5' in every direction.
The roots are tiny, fibrous rhizomes that are impossible to pull out completely, so controlling it is impossible.
It's a pretty plant, and a great looking alternative to grass, but I'm really surprised that it is sold in the trade, because of its invasiveness.

Neutral Cretaceous On Mar 25, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Native to Canada, and the northern USA (Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).

Considered an endangered species in the states of Connecticut and Illinois. Sometimes seen in nurseries locally.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jose, California
Oldsmar, Florida
Venus, Florida
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Grand Haven, Michigan
Byhalia, Mississippi
Lincoln, Nebraska
Charlotte, North Carolina
Arlington, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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