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Horsetail TTYD.png A Horsetail in Super Paper Mario.
The Thousand-Year Door description A plant found in Petal Meadows. Replenishes 3 HP.
Super Paper Mario description A spring reed that restores 7 HP and cures poison.

Horsetails are a cooking ingredient in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario, which additionally appear as background objects with minor plot importance in Super Mario Bros.


Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

Mario near two "horsehair plants" in World 2-1 of Super Mario Bros.

According to the original manual for Super Mario Bros., Bowser turned the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom into horsetail plants and bricks. However, the English manual renders this as "field horsehair plants".[1] They are presumably the ovoid tree-like plants seen throughout the game (specifically, Worlds 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8), which come in two sizes, and depending on the level's palette, can be either green or white (in Super Mario All-Stars, the white ones' appearance is due to snow), with both having a tan segmented stem. These plants are also seen in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (specifically, the odd-numbered and -lettered worlds), where they are now segmented themselves and have eyes; additionally, the ones in World A-1 appear in orange (but not in All-Stars). They also appear in several other games borrowing graphics from or basing certain stages on Super Mario Bros.; for example, in Super Mario Maker, horsetails occasionally pop up in the ground theme in the Super Mario Bros. style when placing ground tiles.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Horsetails are items that heal 3 HP. They are found in an area of Petal Meadows. Just before reaching the area with the bridge, coming from the Rogueport pipe, there is a Candy Pop that, when hit with a hammer, sinks down and bounces back up. After hitting the cane 10 times, a Horsetail comes out. This can be done several times, after exiting and re-entering the area.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Horsetails are items that restore 7 HP and cures poison. They are usually dropped by Putrid Piranhas. They can also be bought in the Itty Bits in The Dotwood Tree for 18 coins.

Other appearances[edit]

As part of the course's "retro" aesthetic, horsetails appear in the final turn of Piranha Plant Slide in Mario Kart 7. They are replaced with standard trees in the course's reappearance in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, though they return to the course in Mario Kart Tour.


Recipe Result Game
Horsetail + Mystic Egg Omelette Plate Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Horsetail + Mushroom Zess Dinner
Horsetail + Super Shroom
Horsetail + Life Shroom
Horsetail + Ultra Shroom Zess Special
Horsetail + Turtley Leaf Healthy Salad
Horsetail Roast Horsetail Super Paper Mario
Horsetail + Cake Mix Horsetail Tart
Horsetail + Big Egg Omelette Plate
Horsetail + Turtley Leaf Koopa Pilaf


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese つくし[2]

From「土筆」(tsukushi, horsetail) and possibly the affectionate suffix「~んぼ」(-nbo)
French Prêle Horsetail
German Wurzel Root
Italian Coda Cavallina Horsetail
Korean 쇠뜨기
Portuguese Cavalinha Horsetail
Spanish Cola de Caballo Horsetail


  1. ^ Legends of Localization comparing the Japanese and North American storylines of Super Mario Bros.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. Japanese instruction booklet, page 4.
  3. ^ "Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door From Japanese to English". (June 1, 2014). The Mushroom Kingdom. Retrieved February 2, 2015.