Equisetum arvense

Common Names: Common horsetail, field horsetail
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Horsetail family

A herbaceous perennial plant. The sterile stems are 10 to 90 cm tall and 3 to 5 mm diameter, with jointed segments around 2 to 5 cm long with whorls of side shoots at the segment joints; the side shoots have a diameter of about 1 mm. Some stems can have as many as 20 segments. The fertile stems are succulent-textured, off-white, 10 to 25 cm tall and 3 to 5 mm diameter, with 4 to 8 whorls of brown scale leaves, and an apical brown spore cone 10 to 40 mm long and 4 to 9 mm broad.

Found growing in meadows, fields, and moist areas near rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, and marshes, as well as forest edges and roadsides.

Primary Flower Color: None
Secondary Flower Color: None
Edible Notes: The buds are eaten as a vegetable in Japan and Korea in spring time. All other Equisetum species are toxic. In polluted conditions, it may synthesize nicotine rendering it toxic as well. Generally not recommended.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.