Ephedra is a genus of gymnosperm shrubs, the only genus in its family.


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About Mahuang

Ephedra is a genus of gymnosperm shrubs, the only genus in its family, Ephedraceae, and order, Ephedrales. with numerous densely clustered erect slender, smooth, green, jointed branches, arising from a branched woody base. Branches have scales at the joints.

Male cones are ovate, 6-8 mm, solitary or 2-3, with 4-8 flowers each with 5-8 anthers with fused filaments, and rounded fused bracts.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Ephedra, somlata, joint-pine
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 25 feet
Flower Colour Yellow to Green
Bloom Time May to June
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
  • Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
  • A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.

    Mahuang care

    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.

    Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 68 degrees F
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Mahuang special feature

    Fruit is ovoid 7-10 mm, with fleshy red succulent bracts enclosing the seeds. Goats and yaks feed on the branches during winter. Gerard Jointfir is found on stony slopes, gravel terraces and drier places in the Himalayas.

    Mahuang uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Mahuang ?

    Mahuang is commonly known as Ephedra, somlata, joint-pine

    How tall do Mahuang grow?

    On average Mahuang grows Up to 25 feet

    What color are Mahuang ?

    A Mahuang plant bears flowers of color Yellow to Green

    When Mahuang blooms?

    With enough light, Mahuang may produce Yellow to Green flowers in May to June

    How hard is Mahuang to grow?

    A Mahuang is Easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Mahuang need?

    A Mahuang prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

    How much water does a Mahuang need?

    A Mahuang prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Mahuang need?

    A Mahuang prefers Well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Mahuang like?

    A Mahuang prefers 68 degrees F

    How often should I fertilize my Mahuang ?

    To encourage Mahuang growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


    Wednesday, 25 September 2019

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