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Botanical name: Ephedra equisetina
Common name: Bluestem joint fir
USDA zones: 4b to 9 (find your zone)
Elevation range: Up to 7,000 feet
Water requirement: Moderate to very dry once established
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade
Mature size: 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 8 feet wide
Benefits and tolerances: Evergreen, chalk-blue color; fine texture; tolerant of full sun, drought and alkaline soils
When to plant: April through July
Seasonal interest: Colorful year-round; female plants have red, berry-like fruit in midsummer.