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Mormon Tea, Green (Ephedra viridis) potted plant, organic

$10.00

Family:  Joint Fir (Ephedraceae)

Hardy to zone 6 to 12

Perennial, primitive shrub with jointed stems.  Native to the American Southwest. Plant prefers full sun and alkaline, dry to mesic soils.  Probably best to pot up to bigger pots and grow out for a year or two before transplanting to landscape.   Traditional usage: Mormon.  Used as a non-stimulating bronchial dilator for palliative treatment of the common cold or asthma.

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  1. Question

    Harry (verified owner)

    Are the Ephedra viridis plants you offer derived from seeds or cuttings? Just curious.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Harry, This is a good question with Ephedra–plants from cuttings are usually pretty weak. They are grown from seed and they are nice. I planted one to the field about 3 days ago, to make up for a gap in the bed, and it made me realize just how solid these are for folks who get them. At the current moment (4/23/2020), these are the best plant in Ephedra that we’re offering.
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    • kcm2880

      How does this Ephedra viridis compare with Ephedra nevadensis? Also, can either be successfully grown in a pot (how large)? There is no ground to plant it in, just an open-air condo balcony.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi! The viridis has a greener stem and is a little less cold-hardy than E. nevadensis. They both can be grown in pots, and the larger the pot, the larger the plant. Start in quarts, move up to gallons and finish in 3-gallons. Always use cactus mix and top-dress with 2 inches of white pumice. Water sparingly through that. r

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  2. Question

    Andrew C Sandler

    When will this be available? Mormon Tea Green (Ephedra viridis) potted plant, organic
    $10.00 – $24.30

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hi Andrew,
      OK, I enabled the green mormon tea plants, you can order if you want. These are still a bit undersize end of March 2019 but are growing fast. Mormon tea tends to be pretty tough and I think these will make good plants for people.
      Richo

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    • Laura Dain

      If I order now, when will the plants arrive? ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Laura,
      New orders are being set up to ship late April. All our shipping dates up until then are overfull.
      Richo

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    • Alyssa M.

      Can you specify which USDA zones this plant will or will not grow in and if potted, what zones and conditions they’ll thrive best in? I’m currently residing in USDA zone 8b – 9 and would love to be able to successfully grow this here. Thanks! 🙂

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Alyssa,
      Oh, if you click on the photo then it brings up the monograph! Here’s the info: Hardy to zone 6 to 12

      Perennial, primitive shrub with jointed stems. Native to the American Southwest. Plant prefers full sun and alkaline, dry to mesic soils. Probably best to pot up to bigger pots and grow out for a year or two before transplanting to landscape. May be kept potted if preferred. Traditional usage: Mormon. Used as a non-stimulating bronchial dilator for palliative treatment of the common cold or asthma.

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