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Mormon Tea (Ephedra nevadensis) is a broom-like perennial shrub which attains a height of 1 to 4 feet. It is called Mormon Tea because of early settlers making tea from it's leaves. Native Americans also used it for medicinal purposes.
The branches are nearly at right angles, and each node has two leaves. This shrub is found from elevations of sea level to 4500 feet, in both the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.
It prefers sandy, dry soil in direct sun, it cannot tolerate shade. A cold stratification period of at least three months is required for germination (and can be done in the refrigerator)
Sunset Zone(s): 2-13
USDA Zone(s): 7-11
Blooming Period: Spring
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, alkaline, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3650 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Packet (25+ seeds)