Horsetail Detail

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During the age of the dinosaurs the horsetails grew to the size of trees, nowadays they usually form weedy patches. It spreads through creeping rhizomes forming dense stands and is very hard to eradicate from flower beds or vegetable gardens once the smallest piece of rhizome is left behind will sprout into a new plant. Chemical controls are generally ineffective on horsetails. Due to the high silicon content it has been used for scouring pots, polishing wood and in beauty products.