My garden is being taken over by these badboys, Equisetum arvense. Known popularly as horsetails, or snake grass, they are notorious invasive weeds that are difficult to eliminate. If you google it, you'll mostly find advice on how to get rid of it - easier said than done. The thing is, I can't help but like them!
They are living fossils,
surviving remnants of a genus that was one of the very first land plants, thriving in the Paleozoic. Some of their ancient cousins were giants, growing up to 30m high. If I squint I can easily imagine these critters towering over me, reaching up into the sky to the roar of passing dinosaurs, pterodactyls soaring around their summits.
Furthermore, their sparse and geometric modular design is really quite attractive, all bright green stems with regularly spaced dark bands and feathery needles spanning out in circles at each band.
|My garden. Yeah i need to do some weeding|
|.....and take the recycling out.|
I'm tempted to try and get hold of some Equisetum laevigatum and really go for it on the dinosaur-plant front, but i'm not sure my neighbours would thank me for it.