Barred horsetail Equisetum japonicum - Marsh plant, Water plant, waterside plant

Equisetum japonicum

Barred horsetail Equisetum japonicum - Marsh plant, Water plant, waterside plant

Equisetum japonicum
Very decorative!
An extraordinary waterside plant. That's the barred horsetail (Equisetum japonicum). The minimalist plant is characterised by green, hollow stems, with black stripes. The plant is winter-hardy and evergreen. The aquatic plant is a water, waterside and marsh plant. We can plant the plant along the edge (bank) of our pond. Or we can plant the plant up to 40 cm deep in the pond. The aquatic plant also does well under water. We can plant water horsetail all year round. The flowers bloom in the summer. The aquatic plant likes to be moist but not completely underwater.
We prune the plant slightly to shape it with a pruning shear. We remove old leaves and dirt. To encourage good growth, we add minerals to the pond water and ensure that the water's hardness level (pH value and calcium to magnesium ratio) is maintained. Put the plant in full sun or partial shade.
For a Japanese atmosphere in our pond.
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Barred horsetail Equisetum japonicum - Marsh plant, Water plant, waterside plant

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How we measure

From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Seasonal effects 

The appearance of water plants changes between seasons. From a bare plant lying dormant in winter to fresh greenery in spring, in full bloom during summer to leaves changing colour and dropping in autumn. This is a natural process courtesy of mother nature. Our plants will be delivered accordingly. 

Latin name: Equisetum japonicum
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Growing Height: 80 - 100 cm
Planting depth: 40 cm

Barred Horsetail is a fast-growing aquatic plant that is best grown in a pond basket.

Line the basket with sacking and use special pond potting compost. Plant Barred Horsetail in the basket, fill with the soil and add a pond fertiliser pellet. Cover everything with the remaining sacking and a layer of gravel. Place the basket just below the surface or up to a max. 30 cm deep in the pond.

If your pond is too deep, stand a basket on a pile of bricks. This plant can also grow in a large tub filled with water too - full sun is best.

In the border
Barred Horsetail is a plant suitable for many situations whether in the pond or in humus rich soil that remains marshy most of the year - it can even go in your border. They do not like to dry out at any time of the year.

Barred Horsetail is excellent combined with other plants

For a natural looking effect, Barred Horsetail (Equisetum japonicum) can be easily combined with Lesser Bulrush (Typha Angustifolia) and flowering rush (Butomus Umbellatus), which are both endemic to our climes. You could also place the iris in a large, watertight container with swampy soil.


The Barred Horsetail is a very strong aquatic plant that requires minimal maintenance. Cut off dead leaves in autumn and remove it from the pond. Annually in the spring you can add pond fertiliser to the pond basket. You should remove it from the pond by May if the clump is too large. Divide the clump into smaller pieces and replant only a small piece back into the pond.

When the Equisetum japonicum is happy where it stands, it can have a rapid growth habit. Keep it in check in a small pond by planting in a pot or heavy duty sacking with no base.

Barred Horsetail is not frost resistant

Barred Horsetail will not tolerate frost so do protect its root ball from severe frost by placing the basket deeper into the pond during the winter (so, under any ice). You could also keep it in its basket (in a tub of water) in a frost-free area.

Barred Horsetail is prone to freeze when in pots too so it would be best to bring indoors to a frost-free area.


Equisetum japonicum represents a very old type of plant - most varieties have only been found as fossils! This genus is the remaining one of all the horsetails (equisetaceae) that were found when dinosaurs walked the earth. Of course then they were as big as 30 metres high! There are just a few varieties (20-30 examples) of shorter ones around nowadays.


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