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Common Name: Green Ephedra / Mormon Tea

Scientific Name: Ephedra viridis

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildlife habitat restoration

~Revegetation of disturbed sites

~Native landscaping

Height: 2 - 4 1/2 feet

Colors: Yellow green leaves and flowers with brown, woody branches

Flowering Season: Spring - early summer

Elevation: 3,000 to 7,500 feet

Soil Types: Most dry, well-drained soils


~Calcareous and weakly saline soil

~Winter hardy


Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 7-10 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 25,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/2 inch deep

Stratification Requirements: Cold stratification required in not planting in the fall

Category: Shrubs



Description: Green Ephedra, commonly referred to as Mormon Tea, is an evergreen shrub primarily found in the same states as Nevada Ephedra, with an additional presence in southwest Wyoming. This hardy shrub thrives in a variety of soil conditions, typically growing on shallow to medium-depth soils, which are often of coarse to medium textures. You can commonly spot it along washes, rocky slopes, and ridges, and it exhibits notable tolerance for calcareous and weakly saline soils.


Not only does Green Ephedra contribute to the ecosystem by providing forage for browsing animals, particularly during the winter months, but it also offers valuable habitat for various wildlife species. This plant plays a significant role in range and wildlife habitat enhancement efforts, especially in winter ranges. Additionally, it finds application in the revegetation of disturbed sites and is a popular choice for native landscaping, making it a versatile and ecologically valuable shrub across its range.



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Photo Credit: Andrey Zharkikh

Green Ephedra / Mormon Tea


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