Ephedra distachya/Sea Grape, Jointfir

Ephedra distachya / Ephedra distachya
Striking green stems
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Striking green stems

A mass planting in the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden

Ground cover planting

Close view of green stems

Fast, spreading growth in sandy soil

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Scientific Name: Ephedra distachya
Common Name: Sea Grape, Jointfir
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This is a ground covering perennial that can become shrublike under ideal growing conditions. Provide full sunlight and a well-drained soil. It prefers a sandy soil and survives on relatively little water. It is reported that the fruit is edible.