Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Saturday, October 3, 2009


This is horsetail or scouring rush plant planted beside the new pond - it's quite a striking plant. I got some from a friend and I think it's gonna do Horsetail is one of those plants that is ideal for naturalizing or as some folks say "it will take over". Horsetail consists of many reed-like, segmented green tubes that grow straight up to a height of four feet. Attractive black and gray bands are found at both ends of each segment. It is thought that giant horsetail trees, reaching a height of more than ten feet, lived at the time of the dinosaurs and were grazed by vegetarian dinosaur species. No plant is more concentrated in silica than horsetail. It was used by the pioneers for scouring their pots and polishing their pewter. Even today, campers looking for a way to clean their cooking utensils grab fistfuls of horsetail, which is often found growing next to streams, to do the job. The silica in horsetail is highly soluble in the fluids of wounds and has been using to stop bleeding and heal broken bones. Horsetail extract is also found in herbal products that are recommended for people suffering from incontinence or high cholesterol.