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Ephedra antisyphylitica 
Mormon Tea

Item #: 3153
Category: Wildflowers
Habit: Perennial
Bloom: March - May
Height: to 3'
Planting Rates: 20 sq. ft.

1 pkt - $6.00



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  Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country


This medium-sized shrub grows up to 4 feet high and appears to have no leaves. It looks like a thicket of numerous green, jointed, leafless branches with conspicuous nodes. It is dioecious - which means pollen and seed producing cones occur on separate plants.

"A number of species have been used medicinally. Ephedrine, an alkaloid commonly used as an antihistamine and in the treatment of asthma and sinusitis, is derived from Asian species; it has been used in China for 5,000 years. The common name Mormon-Tea comes from the use of various sw U.S. species as a beverage by early mormon settlers."

- find more information (such as description above) about native plants in the
Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas by Diggs, Lipscomb, O'Kennon


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