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Green Mormon Tea

Ephedra viridis

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Wind
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
3-4' × 3-4'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season January-March
Flower Color Greenish/yellow
Minimum Temperature Range -30 °F
Leaf Description Scaly needles
Fruit Single seeded "cones"
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Elevation Range 2500-8500 ft.
Description This is an appropriate Ephedra for northern Arizona, and at higher elevations throughout the state. Leaves take the form of scaly needles, and branches do much of the photosynthesizing. The unusual form of this plant stands out if planted with oaks (Quercus spp.), junipers (juniperus spp.), and chamisa (Ericameria nauseosa). A great choice for well draining, low water gardens.