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Similar to Horsetail but will grow in the shade

I planted some horsetail in a shady spot and kept it well watered but it has all died because, I assume, due to lack of direct sunlight.
Can someone recommend a similar grass that will grow in the shade. Something that is very vertical and about 18 inches high. (Please not bamboo).

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A while back, we had a discussion about "horsetail." Turns out that there are at least THREE different plants in the United States that go by this same name.

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=53464

contains photos and/or links to photos of all three species of "horsetail"; maybe a different species will work for you in your situation.

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There is a member of the horsetail family that grows in forests. It's Equisetum pratense, commonly known as Shade Horsetail, or Shady Horsetail.

Wiki has a bit of information and a pic [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum_pratense]here[/url].
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