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Flaigg, Norman G.
Ephedra viridis Coville
Mormon tea, Mormon-tea
USDA Symbol: EPVI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Mormon-tea is a 3 ft. shrub with numerous yellowish-green branches. Paired, bristle-tipped leaves split and fall off early leaving a leafless, broom-like shrub. Cone-like flowers are light-yellow.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr
AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , OR , UT , WY Native Distribution:
CA deserts & n. along e. slope of the Sierras to s.e. OR, e. to AZ & s.w. CO Native Habitat:
Deserts; dry, rocky slopes & canyon walls; 3000-7500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Grown from seed. Seeds germinate best at alternating termperatures with quite cold nighttime temps. Seedlings grow rapidly and can be easily transplanted. Seed Collection: On
good seed years, abundant collections of seeds can be obtained by flailing the fruit
branches over an open tray. Seed Treatment:
1 month stratification gives good results. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff