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This is a pot (modified cardboard or solo cup to save on shipping, 20 to 25 "Missouri Bamboo or Horsetail Rush plants. Really cool plants for bog, pond or container, a real conversation piece for friends and neighbors. Each stem is counted as one plant so you are getting 20 to 25 stems.

Around 300 million years ago, Missouri was a warm, wet land covered by shallow seas and swamps. The marine animal fossils we find today in our limestone rock formations are testimony to that long ago environment. Amphibians and insects were abundant. Early reptiles also roamed the land, but the dinosaurs wouldn’t rule the earth for millions of years to come.

One of the dominant plants then was a primitive-looking tree that reached a height of 60 feet, with a trunk that was up to a foot in diameter. Future scientists studying the fossil record would give this tree the name of giant horsetail. They called it that because its fossils resembled a giant version of the horsetails we have today.

Although most of the giant horsetails would not survive the Carboniferous Period, these much smaller relatives did survive the intervening millennia and now are common plants in Missouri.

Horsetails were thought to belong to a group called “fern allies,” plants related to ferns. Recent studies, however, indicate that horsetails are actually primitive ferns.

Like other ferns, they reproduce by spores rather than seeds. Spores of horsetails are near-microscopic, single cells that are capable of reproducing plants the size of a pinhead, with just half a set of chromosomes. These tiny plants then produce sex cells that unite to form plants with full sets of chromosomes that we recognize as horsetails.

Horsetail spores are unusual in that each green spore contains four wing-like structures called elaters. When moist, the elaters coil around the main body of the spore. When dry, the elaters uncoil and help the spore to catch the wind for transport. This characteristic increases the chances that the spores come to rest in moist sites that are suitable for growth. The distinctive winged spores of horsetails are short-lived compared to spores of most ferns, but wind currents can transport them long distances.

The stems of horsetails are usually green and hollow and may or may not be branched, depending on the species. Photosynthesis takes place primarily in the stem, as the leaves are merely small, black or green teeth that occur in rings at each joint of the stem.

These are really beautiful plants that will be a talking point among friends and family.

You will get from 20 to 25 stems in a homemade pot. Replant in your watergarden, pond or bog or just in a pot on your deck or patio for an amazing plant that looks just like bamboo.

Plants will be cut back to fit in mailing tubes. After planting it will have dozens of stems come up.

Missouri Bamboo Horsetail Scouring Rush" Gorgeous Plant for pond, bog, pot


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