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Ephedra californica

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Species Name: Ephedra californica
Common Name: Desert Tea

Superior in a container as it produces small cones. Plant appears as a mass of attractive pale green stems. Thrives in full sun and reflected heat. Prefers sharp drainage. Unusual accent plant for drought tolerant gardens.

Plant Family: Ephedraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 1-5' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow-green
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tehachapi Mountain Area, Western San Joaquin Valley, South Coast Ranges, Southwestern California, Desert
Natural Habitat: Scattered in arid grassland, chaparral, creosote-bush scrub below 3000'


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