| Green Ephedra |
| Ephedra viridis|
| Uses: Medicinal/Beverage
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 4-7) |
| When to Sow: Anytime
|| Ease of Germination: Easy |
| (Mormon tea; Desert tea; Joint-fir)
Reported to contain some ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, both potent central nervous system stimulants. Indigeneous folk remedy for colds and headache, and for urinary and venereal diseases. California Indians so cherished the tea for general use that it was always available. Pleasant thirst-quenching tea.