Dwarf scouring rush is endangered in Connecticut. The plants shown on this page grow further north, where the species is more common.
- Synonyms: Hippochaete scirpoides
- Family: horsetail (Equisetaceae)
- Habitat: moist coniferous forest, hummocks in swamps and bogs, and mossy banks
- Height: 1 to 6 inches
- Location of spores: in cones at the top of green stems
- Persistence: evergreen
- Origin: native
This is the typical habit of dwarf scouring rush: a dense patch of twisted stems. Photographed in Wisconsin in mid-June.
Photographed in Presque Isle County, Michigan in early May.
This closeup shows some of the distinguishing characteristics of dwarf scouring rush. The stems have only a few grooves. The sheaths have three or four teeth and are black and the base and pale at the edges.