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Horsetail is an invasive, deep-rooted weed with fast-growing rhizomes that quickly send up dense stands of foliage. It is easily recognised by its upright, fir tree-like shoots that appear in summer. In spring, fertile light brown stems, 20-50cm tall, appear with a cone-like spore producing structure at the end of the stems. In summer, sterile green shoots develop into fir tree-like plants, 60cm tall.
Is an invasive, deep-rooted perennial weed that will spread quickly to form a dense carpet of foliage, crowding out less vigorous plants in beds and borders.
The creeping rhizomes of this pernicious plant may go down as deep as 2m below the surface, making them hard to remove.