Garden Photo of the Day

Giant horsetail

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Giant horsetail (Equisetum giganteum) is a South- and Central American native plant that thrives in moist soil. It spreads vigorously and should be contained if grown in warm climates. Its prehistoric-looking stems and stacked whorls of branchlets may leave you expecting a pterodactyl to fly by.

Photo taken in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.

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  1. arboretum 01/14/2010

    Exquisite shot. Ah, the beauty of symmetry!In my mind I have it paired with a photo of a grove of bamboo (like a macro vision of the same plant, sans tassels!) in my Gardens of the Spirit calendar.

  2. gardengirlSF 01/30/2010

    Awesome!!!! We have a pot of the regular horsetail we found on the street, but now I want the giant form.

  3. user-7532987 01/23/2020

    Reading some useful information about the Giant horsetail has really helped me a lot in knowing this mysterious plant. Glad to visit website to read reviews of paper writing help. I think you should share more knowledge about how we can grow this plant in my area.

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