Evergreen shrub, 5 ft., dry areas, central and southern California, and stems used for tea. Ephedra spp. are good wildlife plants. Grows with Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium, Encelia actoni, Brickellia nevinii, Yucca whipplei, Opuntia treleasei, and Isomeris arborea.
Ephedra californica tolerates sand.
Ephedra californica is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Ephedra californica has color green-gray, is evergreen and is edible.
Flower of Ephedra californica has color na.
Communities for Ephedra californica:Chaparral, Creosote Bush Scrub, Valley Grassland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Shadscale Scrub and Central Oak Woodland.