Equisetum ramosissimum var. japonicum

9cm pot £8.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Equisetum ramosissimum var. japonicum Dutch rush:

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Depth of water: 0-40cm (0-16in)
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Height above surface: 1.2m (4ft)
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A large horsetail that has hollow stems that are furrowed and green with black bands that give it a bamboo-like appearance. The male plant bears a brownish pollen cone at the tip and the female has spikelet-like growths at their tips. Great for providing all-year interest and it contrasts well with broad-leaved bog plants. As it's extremely vigorous, it should not be used in small ponds and the barbed roots may puncture pond liners.

  • Garden care: Contain in an aquatic planting basket lined with hessian. Before planting apply a 2.5cm (1in) top-dressing of pea shingle or gravel to prevent the top layer of the planting medium from clouding the water. Prune out dried and brown stems in spring.

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Eventual height & spread

Can this rush be planted into an enclosed bed or pot rather than a pond? Does it need the water?


This plant will need reliably moist or boggy soil if it is to flourish - and the soil in most borders tends to be a little too dry.


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