Connecticut Plants
Woodland Horsetail
Equisetum sylvaticum L.
  • Family: horsetail (Equisetaceae)
  • Habitat: moist forests, swamps, and wet meadows
  • Height: 10 to 30 inches
  • Location of spores: in cones at the top of stems. Cone-bearing stems are initially brown and unbranched, but turn green and branched after releasing the spores.
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native

Photographed in Newfoundland, Canada in mid-July.


An old cone that has shed its spores and turned brown. Photographed in Newfoundland, Canada in mid-July.


Woodland horsetail has a lacy appearance, caused by the fact that the horizontal branches branch multiple times. Photographed in Ontario, Canada in late August.


Photographed near Ottawa, Ontario in mid-June.