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Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine [= Equisetum hyemale var. affine]

Tall Scouring-rush, River Scouring-rush

Scientific Name:

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine [= Equisetum hyemale var. affine]

Genus:

Equisetum

Species Epithet:

hyemale

Common Name:

Tall Scouring-rush, River Scouring-rush

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Equisetaceae (Horsetail Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Brown

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Riverbanks, alluvial floodplains. Uncommon in NC mountains and piedmont, rare in coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

No apparent leaves

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Nothing Specified

Leaf Form:

No Apparent Leaves

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Can form large colonies. Stems contain silica; the plants have been used to polish wood and metals such as pewter.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/equisetum/hyemale/

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/equisetum-hyemale/



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