The other half of the Horse Tale showed up a few days ago. Bright, vivid green sterile horsetail stalks are leaping (or would that be rearing?) out of the ground.
This side-by-side pair shows what the 2 stems look like — the new green sterile shoot and the old brown fertile one that produced spores.
I also found something I’d never seen before — a brown fertile stalk with green shoots. What caused this? Just when you think you might have some things figured out Mother Nature throws a spanner in the works.
These green stalks are only a few days old. Check out the feature image on Horse Tale 2 to see what they’ll look like when they’re full grown.
Field horsetail Equisetum arvense