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Friday, March 23, 2012

Horsetails date back to the time of the dinosaurs and they are popping up in stream beds now

Yes, Horsetails are ancient plants. In the time of the dinosaurs, they grew as trees more than a hundred feet tall. They have evolved to survive in modern times when the dinosaurs obviously did not. They now grow one, two or even three feet tall. The first signs of Horsetails have appeared in and on the banks of Quinliven Creek at our property in Anchor Bay.

Horsetails are also called Scouring Rush and were used for scrubbing pots. Equisetum is their Latin name and they have medicinal qualities. Native American peoples used these plants to stop bleeding.

We have a big storm coming in late tonight. Last night's sunset showed the first clouds of the storm. Batten down the hatches!


Unknown said...

Dinosaurs popping up from streambeds -- now that's a sighting!

Jeanne Jackson said...

Wait 'till our golden retriever, Huckleberry, sees one - that should be exciting!