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Ephedra nevadensis
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Nevada Jointfir
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Ephedra nevadensis

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About Nevada Jointfir (Ephedra nevadensis) Ephedra nevadensis (Nevada ephedra) is a species of Ephedra native to dry areas of western North America. Its range extends west to California and Oregon, east to Texas, and south to Mexico, including areas of the Great Basin, Colorado plateau and desert Southwest. It is found in rocky and sandy soils, generally in areas without trees.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3 - 4 ft (0.9 - 1.2 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
400' - 8069'

Annual Precip. ?
3.5" - 24.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.12" - 2.74"

Coldest Month ?
29.6° F - 62.5° F

Hottest Month ?
54.6° F - 88.0° F

Humidity ?
1.77 vpd - 40.72 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Sunset Zones ?
3*, 7*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 14*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: Hot wa ter and 3 wks. stratification.

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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