Equisetum scirpoides – Dwarf Scouring Rush
- Approximate height: 15 – 20cm (6 – 8 inches)
- Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 – 3cm (0 – 1 inch)
- Flower: None
- Supplied in the 9cm pot we grow them in – for best results we recommend potting on using a 1 litre pot.
The smallest living horsetail, this unusual plant is actually an aquatic fern. It is an evergreen perennial, with slender, black-barred stems that remain on the plant all year round. It has much smaller and more delicate foliage than the other horsetails, and is also clump-forming and non invasive – it requires no real maintenance other than thinning out dead stems in spring. This makes it useful for winter interest in a small pond, barrel, or tub garden, especially in shady areas. It is sometimes advertised (incorrectly) as a British native species, but is in fact native to northern Eurasia and America.