Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Wood Horsetail
Equisetum arvense
of the Equisetum family
A Perennial
10-45 cm high
blooms April- September
likes wet ground and waste places
Can be seen close to the pond

Stricly speaking Horsetail is not a flowering plant as it does not flower but carries spores like its relation the fern. Romans used horsetail to clean their metal pots and, surprisingly, to make them non-stick (due to the silica content in the plant). In medieval times it was used as an abrasive by cabinetmakers, to clean metal and wooden objects. Millions of years ago, forests of horsetails grew in to the size of our fir trees.