Variegated horsetail is one of the smaller species. It often gets no more than six inches tall. Most horsetails are more or less a couple of feet tall. Some have branches that do create a horsetail appearance. This species only branches at the base, but its large colonies can be interesting. The cones are not always orange, but when they are can be very attractive. Yet another plant that rewards some time down on your belly in a wet place. In this shot of the Ives colony, the cones have released spores and are drying. Picture this spot, a few years earlier, as bare mud in the lowest part of the gravel pit. These plants changed things very quickly.