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Ephedra viridis

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Species Name: Ephedra viridis
Common Name: Green Ephedra

Vivid green twigs and branches add a striking interest to desert gardens or rock gardens. No water for this desert shrub. In spring and summer, male plants produce yellow cones, females produce white cones.

Plant Family: Ephedraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3' 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: 0 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow or white
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tehachapis, San Joaquin Valley, South Coast Ranges, Western Transverse Ranges, Great Basin
Natural Habitat: Sagebrush scrub, creosote bush scrub, pinyon/juniper woodland below 7000'


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