Horsetail grass is great “building” material for Collage style arrangements backgrounds and camouflaging floral foam in clear glass vases.
Horsetail grass loses bright green color and shrinks a little while getting dry but keeps shape for years.
Equisetum or horsetail, snake grass, puzzlegrass is the only living genus in Equisetaceae, a family of vascular plants that reproduce by spores rather than seeds.
Equisetum is a “living fossil” as it is the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopsida, which for over one hundred million years was much more diverse and dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests. Some Equisetopsida were large trees reaching to 30 meters tall. The genus Calamites of the family Calamitaceae, for example, is abundant in coal deposits from the Carboniferous period.
Straight stems of the Horsetail grass influencing the mood and impact of your floral arrangements.
I will show you how to create a modern vase out of the Horsetail grass. The vase is going to loose the brightness of the original green color but the shape would stay the same.
To create a vase you need about 15-20 stems of Horsetail grass, a glass vase about 6” tall, 2”D, 18″ long wire #22-24, 2 rubber bands, 2” wide decorative ribbon.
1. Insert a piece of wire into stems starting from the tip.
2. Secure a bunch of stems on the vase with two rubber bands.
3. Spread stems around the vase.
4. Band stems creating a square spiral.
5. Cover both rubber bands with decorative ribbon. The rubber bands shouldn’t be removed because they would keep stems of grass tight to each other even after they get dried.