Sporophole and sterile vegetative growth.
Bottle-brush, Dutch Rushes, Paddock-pipes, Scouring Rush, Shave-grass, Toadpipe
Rich in minerals, has diuretic properties. It is prescribed to care for conjunctive tissues (cartilage, tendons, and bones) and also polyps, epistasis, and bleeding. The buds are eaten as a vegetable in Japan.
Contains silicon dioxide crystals – the dried plant in the past was used to polish pewter, wood and to polish fingernails.
In herbalism it used to treat kidney and bladder problems, gastro-enteritis, and prostate and urinary infections. Externally it is used for chilblains and wounds.