Equisetum Camtschatcense


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SKU: equisetum-camtschatcense Category:
Common Name: Horsetail
Size: 3 Litre
Hardiness: H7
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Boggy/Damp
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Hardiness: H7
  • Eventual Height: 0.5 – 1m
  • Eventual Spread: 0.5 – 1m

Equisetum Camtschatcense, also known as ‘Kamchatka horsetail’, is a unique and hardy perennial plant that is native to Kamchatka in Russia. It is a member of the Equisetaceae family, which is the only living genus of the horsetail group of plants.

One of the most striking features of the Equisetum is its tall, bamboo-like stems that can reach up to 1 metre in height. The stems are green and smooth, and they are covered with small, black, scale-like leaves. It is a versatile plant that can be grown in a variety of conditions. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including poorly-drained soils, and it is hardy down to < -20˚C.  It is also tolerant of a wide range of light conditions, from full sun to partial shade.

This plant is a great addition to any garden due to its unique appearance and its ability to tolerate a wide range of conditions. It can be used as a specimen plant, or as a background plant in a mixed border. It is also a great plant for naturalising in wetland areas or along stream banks.

How to care for your Equisetum Camtschatcense

  1. Planting: It can be planted in the Spring or Autumn. It prefers a boggy, damp soil, but it can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including poorly-drained soils. It can be planted in full sun or partial shade.
  2. Watering: Once established, it is drought tolerant. However, it prefers a moist soil, so it should be watered regularly during the first growing season to help it establish a deep root system.
  3. Fertilising: It does not require fertilising, but it can benefit from an application of a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in the Spring.
  4. Pruning: This plant does not need to be pruned, but if the stems become too tall and leggy, they can be cut back to the ground in late Winter or early Spring.

By following these care tips, you can ensure that your Equisetum Camtschatcense will thrive in your garden for years to come.

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