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Ephedra nevadensis 'Mormon Tea'


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#1 YoshiTrainer

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 03:12 PM

Ephedra nevadensis 'Mormon Tea', is a carefree plant to grow. Pretty much treat it like a cacti. My poor plant looks a little  tangled right now and could probably use a trim. It does make for a nice tea that has a subtle energy to it. Extraction is easy, boil dried branches in water.

Are any of you growing or using this plant?

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 03:33 PM

This plant grows wild along several lower elevation mountain roads that I travel occasionally. I learned about the tea during my herbal experimentation period in the 70's and 80's when I amassed a pretty good database of information. I actually became fond of the tea made from this plant and find it relaxing.

I have not replenished my supply of dried stems for a few years, but will now go collecting before it gets too hot this year.

Thanks for the memory jog Yoshi.........


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Posted 07 April 2021 - 06:42 PM

You are welcome Sky, it reminds me of old times too. A old friend would receive bags of dried stems from his lady friend who'd collect them on the reservation. It has been a few years for me too luckily my plant really needs a trim.

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Posted 19 April 2021 - 05:07 PM

I have read references to this plant in the past . I imagine as a resident of Las Vegas Nv I may find it's all around? Yet did not take the time to seek it out. Any advice on foraging would be great! Thanks yoshi

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Posted 25 April 2021 - 09:43 PM

Chips, I have not hunted it but i think mountains not deserts of NV would be where to start. I bought mine from Richter's nursery in Canada.

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Posted 25 April 2021 - 10:09 PM

It prefers rocky dry areas, not sandy flats, and has a pretty wide habitat. The mountainous areas around Las Vegas are a likely habitat areas. I know it ranges into Mexico.

 

I looked up a habitat chart..........

https://pfaf.org/use...edra nevadensis


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