Chinese Ephedra - Ephedra sinica
Ephedra is a low stalky shrub with jointed green to brown stems and tiny unnoticeable leaves. It is the source of ephedrine alkaloids and has an extremely long history of use in China. Supplements containing ephedra extracts are a popular herbal stimulant.
Cultivation and Propagation: Ephedra should be planted in dry locations. It thrives in ordinary loamy soil and does very well in a loose rocky soil with full sun and little water. It is most often propagated by division of the clumps in spring, and seeds sown in a light sandy soil in early spring. It may also be propagated by layers and suckers. It makes an excellent ground cover on rocky slopes.
Harvesting: The tops of the branches may be picked and dried at any time as long as the plant is not denuded or the branches cut back past the viable buds.
Approx 30 seeds per pack