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Wednesday, 13 June 2012


Field Horsetail - Equisetum Arvense

The Living Fossil

I passed a garden this morning that was entirely taken over with Horsetails, apart from the odd poppy. At first glance, it looked like it had been designed that way.  I thought it was really pretty. As you know, I am a bit of a weed-lover!

Every now and again I go out and attack the path that runs up the side of our driveway - pulling up the forest of Horsetails that thrive there. G urges me to find something that will eradicate them but I think he knows that may be a futile search. Horsetails have been around for a very, very long time. They are the only surviving member of  Equisetopsida-  and dozens of species of The genus Equisetum thrive all over the world (except in Antartica) so they must be doing something right!

Like most wild plants - it has its uses. Medicinal and practical benefits that we have forgotten. Herbalists use the herb to treat conditions of the bladder*. In medieval times, horsetails were used as scourers and sanders.

* Do I need to say that you shouldn't treat yourself with horsetail? Some species are poisonous. For the use of any medicinal herbs, please consult a qualified herbal or naturopathic practitioner.

1 comment:

  1. I have quite a few of these growing in my back garden :)