Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 3 to 4 ft. tall, spread indefinite.
    Key Feature:
    Water Garden
    Blooms:
    Does not flower
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ek-kwi-SEE-tum hi-e-MA-le
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 3 to 4 ft. tall, spread indefinite.
    Special features:Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Does not flower
    Garden styleContemporary, Tropical
    Design IdeasTall fine textured horsetails are marginal reeds at home at the edges of waterways and water gardens. They're excellent problem solvers for very poorly drained soils. Most popular use is as a filler of narrow slots in paving of modern and mid-century modern landscapes. Grow in pots for fine textured accents.
    Companion PlantsHorsetail is a perfect reed plant for both wet and dry gardens. Combine with the rich purple flowers of Ruffled Velvet Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica Ruffled Velvet), the bright orange flowers and bronzy foliage of Wyoming Garden Canna (Canna x generalis 'Wyoming'), the large peach blooms of Children's Festival Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Children's Festival') and Pink Spice Cranesbill (Geranium x 'Pink Spice'), with its pretty dark purple-bronze foliage and pink flowers.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Can become invasive, best contained in an unperforated pot with lip above soil level.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This quite primitive plant reproduces by spores and has changed little except for size since ancient times. It is native around the world, residing in the margins of waterways where it survives both inundation and totally dry soil. It is named bottle rush due to the infertile bristled form of growth, while its fertile smooth reed phase is topped with unique cone-like sporangiums.
    Lore:
    The high amount of silica in the cell walls of this reed makes it abrasive, so the plants have been used as natural scrub brushes since ancient times.