MORMON TEA

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MORMON TEA suitable for counties:
UTAH: Beaver, Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Juab, Kane, Millard, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Washington, Wayne
OREGON: Harney
WYOMING: Sweetwater
ARIZONA: Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yavapai
COLORADO: Delta, Garfield, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, San Miguel
CALIFORNIA: Alpine, Inyo, Kern, Lassen, Los Angeles, Mono, Plumas, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, Ventura
NEVADA: Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, White Pine
NEW MEXICO: Dona Ana, Eddy, Hidalgo, McKinley, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Juan, Sandoval, Socorro

Mormon tea belongs to family of ephedraceae plants, its species name is viridis. This plant grows actively in spring and summer. Mormon tea has green foliage and bears yellow colored flowers. Mormon tea booms in mid spring.The plant grows in erect form with multiple stems. Mormon tea is a slow growing plant, a mature Mormon tea can grow up to 3.0 feet. This plant is highly tolerant to draught conditions.

This plant,Ephedra nevadensis, commonly known as Mormon Tea, is a member of the Ephedra family. This website states this:"Mormon tea is prepared from the fresh or dried stems of Ephedra nevadensis Wats., family Ephedraceae, a small erect shrub native to the desert regions of the southwestern United States and adjacent parts of Mexico. Called popotillo by the Mexicans, and Mormon tea, Brigham tea, teamster's tea, or squaw tea by the early American settlers, it was once a very popular folk remedy for syphilis and especially, gonorrhea. Although its taste is quite astringent, those who become accustomed to it like it as a pleasantly refreshing beverage. The name Mormon tea probably derives from its use as a caffeine-free thirst quencher.

Active Growth Period : Spring and Summer Flower Color : Yellow
Foliage Color : Green Growth Form : Multiple Stem
Growth Rate : Slow Height, Mature (feet) : 3.0
Drought Tolerance : High Frost Free Days, Minimum : 150
Temperature, Minimum (°F) : -18 Palatable Human : No
Bloom Period : Mid Spring
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Reproduction

Bloom Period : Mid Spring Commercial Availability : Field Collections Only
Fruit/Seed Abundance : Medium Fruit/Seed Period Begin : Spring
Fruit/Seed Period End : Summer Fruit/Seed Persistence : No
Propogated by Bare Root : Yes Propogated by Bulbs : No
Propogated by Container : Yes Propogated by Corms : No
Propogated by Cuttings : No Propogated by Seed : Yes
Propogated by Sod : No Propogated by Sprigs : No
Propogated by Tubers : No Seeds per Pound : 23545
Seed Spread Rate : Slow Seedling Vigor : Low
Small Grain : No Vegetative Spread Rate : Moderate

Use

Berry/Nut/Seed Product : No Christmas Tree Product : No
Fodder Product : No Fuelwood Product : - -
Lumber Product : No Naval Store Product : No
Nursery Stock Product : No Palatable Browse Animal : Medium
Palatable Graze Animal : Low Palatable Human : No
Post Product : No Protein Potential : Medium
Pulpwood Product : No Veneer Product : No

Physiology

Active Growth Period : Spring and Summer After Harvest Regrowth Rate : - -
Bloat : None C:N Ratio : Low
Coppice Potential : No Fall Conspicuous : No
Fire Resistance : No Flower Color : Yellow
Flower Conspicuous : No Foliage Color : Green
Foliage Porosity Summer : Dense Foliage Porosity Winter : Porous
Foliage Texture : Medium Fruit Color : Brown
Fruit Conspicuous : No Growth Form : Multiple Stem
Growth Rate : Slow Height at Base Age, Maximum (feet) : 3
Height, Mature (feet) : 3.0 Known Allelopath : No
Leaf Retention : No Lifespan : Long
Low Growing Grass : No Nitrogen Fixation : None
Resprout Ability : Yes Shape and Orientation : Erect
Toxicity : None

Growth Requirements

Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils : Yes Adapted to Medium Textured Soils : Yes
Adapted to Fine Textured Soils : No Anaerobic Tolerance : None
CaCO3 Tolerance : High Cold Stratification Required : No
Drought Tolerance : High Fertility Requirement : Medium
Fire Tolerance : High Frost Free Days, Minimum : 150
Hedge Tolerance : Medium Moisture Use : Low
pH (Minimum) : 7.0 pH (Maximum) : 8.0
Planting Density per Acre, Minimum : - - Planting Density per Acre, Maximum : - -
Precipitation (Minimum) : 12 Precipitation (Maximum) : 12
Root Depth, Minimum (inches) : 10 Salinity Tolerance : High
Shade Tolerance : Intermediate Temperature, Minimum (°F) : -18

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J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS NPDC. United States, UT, Grand Co., Arches National Park. July 15, 2001.
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Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers. United States, CO, NM, AZ, UT, Four Corners vicinity, within 150 miles of the corners.
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Courtesy of USDI BLM. United States, CA, Mono Co. July 2003.
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Courtesy of USDI BLM. United States, CA, Mono Co. July 2003.
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Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers. United States, CO, NM, AZ, UT, Four Corners vicinity, within 150 miles of the corners.
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Mark W. Skinner. United States, CA, San Bernardino Co., Sheephole Pass.

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