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Field Horsetail (P) — Equisetum arvense — Family: Equisetaceae — Horsetail

© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
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Field horsetail is most often a weed of landscape beds and low-lying areas. Horsetail can survive in turf, but often will not persist with routine mowing. Moisture is always present to sustain horsetail. The spreading root system can be several feet deep and will produce small tubers. Horsetail is a perennial that produces spores instead of seeds. The habit is a primitive looking hollow-jointed stem with whorls of branches. The texture can become very fine when mowed.