I know these as horsetails. Plant scientists call them Equisetum. As kids, we used to pull them apart at the joints. We had no idea that the dark bands are (technically) scale leaves. Or that the horsetails reproduce by spores.

I think this is a branched Equisetum growing with forget-me-nots. Charming textural combination, no?


  1. Pooh says:

    I learned the branched one as “horsetail”, and the straight one as “scouring rush”. And that they were around with the dinosaurs.

  2. Sammy says:

    Interesting; clear example of the pitfalls of common names.