Green Mormon Tea | Ephedra viridis Seeds

Green Mormon tea (Ephedra viridis), also known as green ephedra or Indian tea, is a shrub that grows in dry areas of the Western United States. You can brew the stems and other parts of the plant to make a beverage known as a “spring tonic”.

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Green Mormon Tea: The Shrub That Holds an Energising Secret

Known by the common name of green Mormon tea, Ephedra viridis is native to regions of the western United States—including the Grand Canyon. The woody shrub thrives in light and sandy soils and clings to dry, rocky slopes. As an edible species, the seeds feature a bitter taste, whereas the fruit offers a sweet flavour when consumed raw. Interestingly, Ephedra viridis contains the alkaloid ephedrine—a stimulant found in several types of recreational substances.

To make a tea from the Ephedra viridis plant, you can use the stems either fresh or dried, but you can also eat the stems raw. If you want to eat them, the young stems are usually better suited for this purpose, while the older stems are great for making tea. You can harvest the stems at any time of the year. If you dry them, you can keep them for a long time.

HOW TO GROW YOUR EPHEDRA VIRIDIS (GREEN MORMON TEA) SEEDS

This evergreen shrub can often be found growing as an ornamental or landscaping plant. It develops clusters of yellow flowers that bloom all throughout spring. The flowers will eventually turn into small cones, each of which contains two seeds. There are male and female plants of Ephedra viridis. Both are required in order to produce seeds.

For planting your green Mormon tea seeds, it is recommended to use well-drained soil mixed with sand. Bury your seeds up to 5mm deep into the soil and make sure to keep them warm. Ephedra viridis seeds won’t always germinate at the same time, so they can be a bit irregular. But they should normally sprout in about two weeks. As a desert plant, know that Ephedra viridis won’t grow particularly fast, so it’s important to be patient. When the sprouts come up, they will resemble grass. Since the plant is native to the desert, make sure that your plant can get plenty of sunlight. You don’t necessarily need to keep the soil dry, but make sure there is no standing water.

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