Horsetail, botanically called Equisetum arvense, is quite a unique plant with cones bearing spores and hollow leafless, rigid stems. The erect stems of horsetail possess .5 - 2 inches long segments and a cone as a crown at the top. The joint stems, however, do contain small leaves. Horsetail belongs to the lone genus Equisetum of the family Equisetaceae.
Horsetail is very invasive. Its rhizomes and tubers are densely and deeply scattered and are liable to produce new stems even after being mowed, fired, or treated with herbicide. Horsetail is close to pores when it comes to its reproduction. This non-flowering plant reproduces through spores.
The tenacious horsetail, on the other hand, defies all the troubles related to its invasive nature when it comes to its medicinal properties. Horsetail manages urinary tract infections quite effortlessly, including kidney stones, bladder stones, fluid retention, and incontinence (inability to control urination). Horsetail also helps with halting the internal bleeding of the stomach, nose, and lungs. It is used to treat frostbites, osteoporosis, balding, jaundice, hepatitis, tuberculosis, obesity, and heavy menstruation.
Horsetail spreads at a slow pace and does not compete for nutrients with other plants but it can negate these characteristics if its density increases without monitoring it.