Scouring Rush (Equisetum hyemale)

Scouring Rush (Equisetum hyemale)

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Hardy, evergreen perennial
Description: Slender, pointed, erect green stems with hollow centers and white and black joints have a bamboo-like appearance; non-flowering
Habit: Grows 2-4 feet tall and spreads up to 6 feet wide by creeping rhizomes
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and medium to wet soil; will grow in up to 4” of standing water
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: North America, Eurasia
Attributes: Rain garden, deer resistant

Native to wetlands in a number of regions around the world, including the United States, Equisetum hyemale is categorized as a “fern ally” because, like a fern, it is non-flowering and reproduces by spores. As the common name indicates, this plant was once used to scour pots and pewter, due to its high silica content. While the strong verticality and unusual appearance of the evergreen stems provide year-round interest, Souring Rush has a tendency to spread, so it is best to use soil barriers or plant in a large pot or tub. Deer do not find this plant attractive. zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9

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