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Zach Smith

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Scouring Rush
« on: July 23, 2011, 06:01 PM »
One of the neater things I'm growing right now.  Horsetail bamboo, otherwise known as Scouring Rush.  Not the dwarf variety.

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Chrisl

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Re: Scouring Rush
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 09:18 AM »
That's a cool bamboo Zach!  I also love the black bamboo variety.
 

Zach Smith

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Re: Scouring Rush
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011, 06:20 PM »
That's a cool bamboo Zach!  I also love the black bamboo variety.
Thanks!  Haven't heard of black bamboo.  I'll have to do a search for it.

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Re: Scouring Rush
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011, 11:30 AM »
It's easily available in California.  Slow grower, very dark bamboo stems...just a beautiful variety.  Bummed I never bought one when I lived there. 
 

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Re: Scouring Rush
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 09:21 AM »
This is Equisetum hymale.  It's not a bamboo, but an ancient type of plant considered a "fern ally" since it has no flowers and reproduces sexually by spores.  I heard somewhere there used to be giant ones that covered the planet and were the precursors to our fossil fuel.

Cool plant though.  We display the regular sized ones in octagon pots in Summer generally for the "cooling" feeling as the main item in the tokonoma.  The dwarf variety works well for display with bonsai.
 

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Re: Scouring Rush
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 09:42 AM »
Just don't let the thing get out of its cage. It is considered extremely invasive
 

Zach Smith

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Re: Scouring Rush
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 05:54 AM »
Just don't let the thing get out of its cage. It is considered extremely invasive
Yeah, we've got places here where the stuff is just all over.  I've neglected the one pictured this year, but it's put on lots of new canes and completely filled the container with roots.  I need to do some cleaning up, maybe I'll have time in a couple of weeks.  Depending on how successful I am, I'll post an updated photo.

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Re: Scouring Rush
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2012, 05:33 PM »
Was asked to eradicate from a pond garden once and I actually laughed.  Didn't turn down the work though ;D. Anything that spreads by spores AND rhizomes is staying.  I'll take more pics of the ones here soon.