|QUICK FACTS SHEET FOR MARESTAIL/HORSETAIL|
|Common Name||Horsetail, Mare's Tail|
Field horsetail, Puzzle grass
|Weed Type||Deep rooted Prerennial Weed|
Lawns, Borders, Beds, Path and Patios
Rhizomes from stem fragments in
composts or manures or neighbouring gardens.
Can establish from spores.
|Timings||Spring and Summer|
What is mare's tail/horsetail?
It is a highly invasive, deep rooted weed which has fast growing underground stems which will quickly send up dense stands of foliage.
Identification & Occurrence
It is easily recognised by its straight upright fire tree like shoots which appear in summer. In the spring fertile brown stems will appear. In the summer green shoots develop into fir tree like plants.
The plant has creeping rhizomes which can go down as deep as 2m which makes them extremely difficult to remove, especially if they are invading a border. They are known for entering gardens by spreading underground from neighbouring land or properties.
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