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Cory Ephedra
Ephedra coryi


Cory ephedra grows in the Edwards Plateau and on the edges of the Trans-Pecos, on rocky hillsides or in loose sandy soil in well drained flats. It is a slender shrub that grows to 3 feet. The long, thin stems, no more than 1/8 inch in diameter, are jointed and have tiny, scale-like opposite or whorled leaves that are early deciduous. Young stems are green and finely furrowed, and older ones are have a reddish brown to gray cast with irregular furrows. Flowers appear at the nodes in April. It is extremely drought tolerant, and must have full sun and well-drained soil. Cory ephedra may be confused with rough ephedra, E. aspera, but that has one seed per cone, whereas Cory ephedra has two per cone, and the bark does not have the rough texture that the bark of rough ephedra usually has.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: light yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small cone with two seeds

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Width: 1 to 3 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

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