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You obviously aren't a gardener.  There's no getting rid of horsetails
ever.  Fire won't kill 'em either.  Once you have a single horsetail
frond show up, you have MANY horsetails for the rest of your life
popping up (heh heh) like weeds.  

The young plants can be cooked like asparagus and are recomended as a
'spring tonic' (I guess all that roughage)  
A chinese relative of the horsetail called Ma Huang/Ephedra is used to
treat asthma as it is a natural source of ephedrine.


Larry Febo wrote:
> I`m glad Matt, that you brought up the fact that Horsetails were definitly
> abrasive. I was just about to respond myself to the statements made that
> aquatic plants were "soft". I`m not very knowledgeable in the field of
> Botany, but remember reading  how campers can use horstails (the "scouring
> rush") to clean their food encrusted pots and pans  where Brillo is not at
> hand. And I`m also aware that horsetails were an early form of plant. I was
> only wondering how abundant were they in the Jurrassic and Early Cretaceous,
> (abundant enough to be a sauropod staple?).

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