Zhong-ma-huang (Ephedra intermedia), packet of 50 seeds [AUS/NZ NO]


Ephedra, Zhong-ma-huang (Ephedra intermedia)

Family:  Ephedra (Joint Fir)

Hardiness:  -10 degrees F

Rare in the west.  Native to the arid steppes of China and Russia.  Very thick-stemmed and an easy germinator and robust grower, this plant is a secondary source for the Chinese medicine Ma-huang.  This plant contains a higher amount of pseudoephedrine than ephedrine.  Sow seeds just below surface of sandy mix and keep evenly moist and warm until germination, then back off on watering so the seedlings don’t damp off.  Once they get about 4 inches long you can individuate them and plant to pots.  Grow out for a year in pots before transplanting to landscape.  Give full sun and very fast-draining soil.  50 seeds/pkt $3.95

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