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HIPPURIS vulgaris

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Bosh Bruening

Family

Hippuridaceae

Botanical Name

HIPPURIS vulgaris

Plant Common Name

Common Mare's Tail

General Description

The common mare’s tail is a prolific aquatic plant with bottlebrush-like green foliage. It can be found in wetlands across all of North America, save the Deep South and southeastern states, and is also found in waterways in South America, Eurasia, and even Australia. So it truly has a world or pandemic distribution.

Hardy and very vigorous, this perennial produces strong underground rhizomes which travel through water-logged soils and send up new shoots. Each hollow stem is lined with fine, needle-like leaves borne in evenly spaced whorls. The plants may have emergent stems (above water) or be completely submerged. If stems are above water, they are upright but they become totally limp and move with the water if submerged. Its fruits and flowers are tiny and inconspicuous.

This plant needs high light and soils permeated with fresh water rather than salt water. It will develop its upright, above water habit if planted in shallow still water, such as that found in shallow swamps, quiet pools and marshes. In moving water, it tends to get dragged underwater in the current. It will not grow in water exceeding two meters (six feet). This is a pretty plant for ponds and water gardens. It even looks nice in aquatic containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Aquatics

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic, North America, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes