Gray Jointfir, Nevada Mormon Tea
A small, shrubby, dioecious gymnosperm native to desert areas from Oregon, Utah and New Mexico in the U.S. to Baja California and central Mexico between 300 and 1900 m (1000 and 6200 ft.). It forms a low, spreading shrub with densely branching, nearly leafless, grayish shoots. It has medicinal properties and is used mostly in the form of tea to treat various ailments. In cultivation it is tough, adaptable, drought tolerant and hardy to severe freezes in USDA Zones 6 to 9. The seeds germinate quickly and easily without stratification.