Ancient Horsetails

The pale, fertile shoots of Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmatiea) are visible for a short period in the spring. During a recent visit to Sayward I happened upon a patch of giant horsetail rising from a roadside ditch. Strangely alluring, the pale brown wand-like fertile shoots appear in spring, followed shortly after by green, vegetative shoots. These anemic fertile shoots, which …