Equisetum fluviatile Linn. Equisetaceae. HORSETAIL. JOINT
GRASS. SCRUB GRASS.
Europe and adjoining Asia.
The starch contained in the tubers of the
rhizome is nutritious, according to Lindley. This is the plant which was
Eaten by the Romans under the name equisetum. Coles, in his Adam in
Eden, speaking of horsetails, says, "the young heads are dressed by
some like asparagus, or being boyled are often bestrewed with flower
and fried to be eaten."
E. hyemale Linn. DUTCH RUSH. HORSETAIL. SCOURING RUSH.
Lindley says, it serves as food in time of famine.