Wildflowers of New York

Field Horsetail

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

Field Horsetailt
- Equisetum arvense

Horsetail Family

A perennial plant that does not flower but rather produces spores. There are two stages of growth. Early Spring growth is a non-photosynthetic fertile spore-bearing stem followed by the non-reproductive green stems that persist through the growing season.

The plant spreads by rhizomes (roots) and can establish large colonies of clones

Found: Fields, woods, wet land margins, shorelines
Height: 8 - 18 inch
Spring spore time

Field Horsetail