Bluestem joint fir

Ephedra equisetina

Finely textured blue-green stems with a conspicuous froth of yellow blooms often followed by red berries. Related to conifers. Bluestem joint fir is extremely heat and drought tolerant. Dense branching provides excellent winter interest. Evergreen shrub. Xeriscape.

Tips from the pros: Well suited for massing, as a specimen plant, foundation plant, or background plant in a border. Does not perform well in wet, poorly drained soils.

A note of caution: This plant will likely become a vigorous "colonizer" in sandy soils and may become too aggressive for certain garden situations. Be on the lookout for spreading rhizomes and remove as soon as observed if you're wanting a more contained specimen.
Plant Type Shrub
Height 4-5 feet
Width 6-8 feet
Flowering Season Spring
Flower Color Yellow
Sun Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs Moderate to xeric
USDA Hardiness Zone Zones 4b-9
Soil Type Clay, loam, sandy
Deer Resistant Yes
Good for Pollination No
Winter Interest Yes
North American Native No
Year Introduced 2004
Annual Commercial Maintenance No Maintenance, If in sandy soils root runners that sucker up can be removed in spring.
5-10 Year Commercial Maintenance May need to be cut back and suckers dug up after 7-10 years from planting. Periodic renewal pruning will keep smaller and cleaner
Elevation Guide Up to 6200 ft