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Old fossil lives

If this is a common sight in your garden at this time of year, then you're in trouble. It's been around (ish) for over 100 million years and you aren't going to get rid of it. Weird though, isn't it?

Common Horsetail by johndal, on Flickr
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Re: Old fossil lives

Like an alien intruder but very photogenic
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Re: Old fossil lives

Hideous stuff. It has completely taken over and wrecked my garden. As you say, you can't get rid of it. The roots can go down several feet and every time they break they form new plants.

An excellent shot John but it makes me shudder just looking at it.

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Re: Old fossil lives

They always remind me of Istanbul ie minarets
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Re: Old fossil lives

At first I thought this might be all about me - now I see it's about five or six other guys.

Totally new to me like "butties" and "Pieces". What do I need to google to read all about it?
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Re: Old fossil lives

A great image of a swine of a plant.

We had it in our allotment in Chester and despite trying every trick in the book (even covering up an area with black plastic and carpet to totally exclude the light for a year) it all seemed to be a complete waste of time and it totally ignored us, coming up every year and seemingly getting stronger the more challenges we threw at it
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Re: Old fossil lives

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At first I thought this might be all about me - now I see it's about five or six other guys.

Totally new to me like "butties" and "Pieces". What do I need to google to read all about it?
Horsetails. This one's Common or Field Horsetail, the normal one for driving gardeners berserk. To give it it's proper name, Equisetum arvense.
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An excellent bit of observation Andy.
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Re: Old fossil lives

Ah, now it is clear. The plant for its refusal to be deaded was obviously named after an utterance by Bluebottle.
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Re: Old fossil lives

Thanks for its proper botanical name John, I will google it.

(Your reply came in over mine as I was composing.)
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I have never come across this John and if would seem that it is just as well.
It has made an interesting photo though.
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Re: Old fossil lives

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Like an alien intruder but very photogenic
I was thinking that we don't have it here in NZ, but Wikipedia gives it a special mention as being an invasive species in this country, fortunately of limited distribution. I'll keep a lookout; our section has an eclectic collection of noxious weeds down a steep bank
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Re: Old fossil lives

It is even worse than the dreaded Japanese Knotweed.
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A great image of a swine of a plant.

We had it in our allotment in Chester and despite trying every trick in the book (even covering up an area with black plastic and carpet to totally exclude the light for a year) it all seemed to be a complete waste of time and it totally ignored us, coming up every year and seemingly getting stronger the more challenges we threw at it
The only working method to keep them in control is to pluck the sporax (fertile) as soon as they appear in spring and making sure to destroy them so that spores don't develop - best is to burn them. The leaves (sterile) develop during summer, keep up removing them. This way the photosynthesis process is put at halt and this will eventually deplete the root system leading to death. But it takes time (many years) and you will likely not get totally get rid of them.

This is what it will look like if left to grow:
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It is even worse than the dreaded Japanese Knotweed.
I can confirm that it isn't! We have knotweed in the burn running along our property, it has to be treated by a licenced company because of the burn (at great expense) and it's nicely sprouting again after 3 years of treatment. If you ignore it it'll do an Elvis Presley and bring the house down.

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I was thinking that we don't have it here in NZ, but Wikipedia gives it a special mention as being an invasive species in this country, fortunately of limited distribution. I'll keep a lookout; our section has an eclectic collection of noxious weeds down a steep bank
Let's do a deal, you can take back your Piri Piri Burr and we'll have the Horsetail
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