California Joint-fir, Desert Tea
Ephedra californica

Family: Ephedraceae
Genus: Ephedra (eh-FED-ruh) (Info)
Species: californica (kal-ih-FOR-nik-uh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 16, 2006, Equilibrium wrote:

Nice plant, indigenous to North American and specifically to the state of California.

This plant doesn't flower so I wanted to cut and paste some thing from a websites for those interested in collecting seed to try their hand at propagating this species.

One site notes:

Quoting:Since E. californica is a gymnosperm, it has no actual flowers, but instead it produces pollen and seed cones, with one sex of cones per plant. This strategy ensures that plants will cross-pollinate, since an individual plant cannot pollinate itself (Judd, 2002). Ephedra are wind pollinated and only reproduce during years where there is ample rainfall. The plants may go for years without setting seed, but when they finally do reproduce, they release a... read more