- Family: horsetail (Equisetaceae)
- Habitat: moist to somewhat dry soil in woods, meadows, wetlands, and disturbed habitats
- Height: 6 to 24 inches
- Location of spores: in cones on separate stemsthat emerge early in spring and wither by summer
- Persistence: evergreen
- Origin: native
A sterile stem of common horsetail. Photographed in late June in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
A fertile stem of common horsetail, topped with a spore-bearing cone. Photographed in Mackinac County, Michigan in early May.
Another fertile stem of common horsetail. Just to the right, you can see a feathery green sterile stem emerging. Photographed in Mackinac County, Michigan in early May.