'Chinese Ephedra' is a plant in the Ephedra genus with a scientific name of Ephedra sinica.
Ephedra has been used for thousands of years as a herbal remedy for asthma, colds, and hay fever. It contains the alkaloids ephedrine and pseudo-ephedrine, which have stimulant and decongestant properties. Chemically related to the amphetamines, ephedra extracts used to be marketed for weight loss and have been abused as a performance enhancer by athletes. However, the use of high doses of ephedra is widely held to be dangerous and the sale of such products has been banned or restricted in several countries. Caution is strongly advised.Typically, Chinese Ephedra has a Perennial lifecycle, so it tends to grow and mature over the course of three years or more. Normally grows with a shrubby habit.
China is believed to be where Chinese Ephedra originates from.
Chinese Ephedra is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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Sow in a sandy potting soil at 65-70F; expect germination rates from 50-80% after about 11 days. Reduce humidity on germination as seedlings are prone to damping off.
Seedlings do not have a strong root system and are prone to transplant shock; it is recommended to grow seedlings to a minimum of 4" tall before transplanting them.
Likes a sandy soil and dry conditions, but very hardy and drought-tolerant once established. It is known to have been successfully grown outdoors over multiple seasons in the British Isles.
Ephedra is a dioecious species, so both male and female plants are needed to obtain seeds. Plants will not usually flower/fruit until they are two to three years old.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Chinese Ephedra so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Chinese Ephedra so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Chinese Ephedra plants:
Chinese ephedra, Ma Huang, Jointfir, Joint-pine
Ephedra sinica Stapf