Mountain Jointfir, Green Mormon Tea
A dwarf, shrubby, dioecious gymnosperm native to dry woodlands and desert areas over much of the southwestern U.S. from Oregon and Wyoming to southern California and western Texas between 100 and 2500 m (300 and 8200 ft.). It forms a low, spreading shrub with densely branching, nearly leafless, bright green to yellowish-green 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.