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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Fe (Iron)
Si (Silicon)
Co (Cobalt)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Gophers/Voles
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: spores
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Location: My gardenDate: Aug 30, 2008
By William
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2009-09-14horsetails in pot
By ILPARW
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2009-09-14close-up of stems and cone-like strobilus
By ILPARW
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Location: My gardenDate: Aug 30, 2008Not technically  a bloom, but a spore cone
By William
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Location: Potomac MDDate: 2018-07-07
By sulurph
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Location: Cherokee County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, Jacksonville, TX
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By SongofJoy
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-01-13full-grown clump in winter
By ILPARW
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-07-27
By dave
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Chicago Botanic GardenDate: 2018-08-31
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Location: Chicago Botanic GardenDate: 2018-08-31
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Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
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Location: Cherokee County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-04-30
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Location: Southeastern IowaDate: 2012-07-02
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Location: Southeastern IowaDate: 7-2-12
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 17, 2019 1:36 PM

This is a common species found throughout most of North America and Eurasia that grows in wet soils along watercourses and bodies of water, in swamps, bogs, marshes, and in moist open woods. It grows about 3 to 6 feet high with unbranched, rough, upright stems with sheaths of tooth-like leaves and a larger cone-like strobilus on the tip that produces the spores. I was allowed to take a clump from a customer's yard in southeast Pennsylvania some years ago, and I put it in a pot and had it for a few years. I did not want to plant it in the ground because it spreads like crazy from underground rhizomes. However, I remember a clump growing at Chanticleer Gardens that was surrounded by flat stone blocks that was kept in check and looked good. It can be grown in water up to 4 inches deep.

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