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Latin Name: Equisetum arvense syn. Equisetum caldera, Equisetum saxicola.
Plant Family: Equisetaceae
Other Names: Bottlebrush, Cat's Tail, Common Horsetail, Giant Horsetail, Field Horsetail, Horse Pipes, Paddock Pipes, Shave Grass, Shave-grass, Pewterwort, Snake Grass, Scouring Rush & Puzzle Grass.
Description: Horsetail is an herbaceous perennial plant that has a tuberous creeping rhizome, native to Europe, North Africa, most of northern Asia and America. It produces sterile and fertile stems, the stems are segmented and each ‘segment’ have dark toothed sheaths, the ‘branches’ of leaves are whorled and are also segmented. The stems grow up to 90cm in height and are ridged and hairless.
SUGGESTED USEWith silica content of at least 10% and an abrasive nature, the fresh plant has been used as a natural and organic pan scourer and also as a substitute for fine sandpaper. An infusion of the plant can provide a fungicide which protects garden plants from disease such as mildew, mint rust and rose blackspot. A pink dye is also been obtained from the stems.
SHELF LIFEShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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