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Ephedra gerardiana

A dense, thicket-forming, evergreen shrub to 60cm tall, with upright, jointed, deep green shoots. In summer it bears inconspicuous yellowish-green flowers; these are followed (on female plants) by red fruits. Good ground cover on dry soils

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Yellow Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ephedraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya, W China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, sharply drained soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed or or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Ground cover
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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