Botanical name: Ephedra viridis
Common name: Green ephedra, Mountain joint fir, Green Mormon Tea, Brigham Tea
Native to: south western United States
Life cycle: perennial
Flower colour: yellow
Flower time (Central / West-Europe): -
Characteristics and usage: ornamental plant, medicinal plant, leaves contain ephedrine and pseudoephedrine
Weight of 1000 seeds: 20g
Seeds per gram: 50
Cultivation / direction of sowing: Start seeds in pots or flats containing a lightweight soil mix. Keep evenly moist but not soggy. As seedings appear gradually expose to direct light. When large enough to handle, transplant the pots. Harden by gradual exposure to outdoor conditions. Bottom head or propagator (25°C / 77F) can help speed germination. Ephedra viridis plants are frost tolerant up to –7°C.
An evergreen shrub, it grows to a height of 1 meter to 1,5 meter, with a spread of up to 1meter the stem is slender, erect, and branching. The leaves are small, scalelike, and the leaves are reduced to 2 small triangular teeth at joints. Green ephedra is a dioecious plant, which means that male and female blossoms grow separately on two different plants.
seedpack (approx 50 seeds)