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Common Name: Nevada Ephedra

Scientific Name: Ephedra nevadensis

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Winter forage

~Wildlife habitat restoration

~Revegetation of disturbed areas

Height: 2 1/2 - 5 feet

Colors: Green

Flowering Season: April to June

Elevation: 1,000 - 5,000 feet

Soil Types: Coarse to medium textured soils


~Salt and alkali


Sun or Shade: Full sun preferred

Minimum Precipitation: 5 – 7 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 20,000 seeds

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: ½ inch deep

Stratification Requirements: None

Category: Shrub



Nevada Ephedra, also known as Gray Ephedra, is an evergreen shrub that can be found sporadically in arid and semi-arid regions of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. It typically grows on coarse to medium textured soils, often found on flats, dry washes, and rocky slopes. This shrub exhibits good tolerance to salt and alkali conditions.


Nevada Ephedra serves as a valuable source of winter forage for browsing animals and provides habitat for various wildlife species. It is particularly useful for wildlife habitat improvement initiatives and the revegetation of disturbed areas. By incorporating Nevada Ephedra, these areas can be restored and enhanced to support the local ecosystem and its inhabitants.



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Photo Credit: James John and Steve Hurst

Nevada Ephedra


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