Ephedra Sinica Seeds, "Ma Huang," TCM Herb; Mongolia, 6 sizes
Ephedra sinica plant seeds, aka 'Ma Huang.' An important Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) herb, similar to coffee or caffeine in its effects, but strong enough that the FDA recently banned it as an ingredient in food and/or supplements. Unscientific and prejudicial response, as caffeine is responsible for many more annual deaths in the world (perhaps as many as 1,000 annual USA deaths) than ephedra and it can be found on every corner in America.
Seeds are for planting. Grow your own medicine. I only sell seeds, not other plant parts.
- NOTE: Ephedra seeds do NOT contain any ephedrine or other alkaloids.
E. sinica is an evergreen perennial shrub, native to the mountains of Northern China. Grows only about a foot tall. It doesn't have 'normal' leaves; instead it produces rigid, blue-green branches to form an ever-widening mat. Looks more like a marsh reed than a bush. The plant normally flowers in spring, perhaps again in fall in hot deserts. Both male and female plants must be grown if you want to fertilize the flowers for seeds.
Ephedra should be planted in the spring in dry locations with sandy, well-drained soil. It thrives in ordinary loamy or sandy soil and does very well in a loose rocky soil with full sun and little water. It is most often propagated by division of the clumps in spring, with the seeds sown in a light sandy soil in early spring. Grow like a cactus. Tolerates frost and snow.
Germination rate at source was reported at 85% and confirmed by an independent trial here in the USA. Some customers report only getting 50%, but they are likely not using ideal settings. Over 100 seeds per gram; about 3,000 seeds per ounce. The one ounce and one half ounce sizes will be bagged by weight. Current seeds were imported from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.
One of my bestsellers! Germination instructions under the 'Plant Lore' pull down menu on the Ephedra page.
1.) Barely cover seeds in slightly damp, airy, loose soil mix; half sand/half cactus mix is best
2.) Use a humidity dome if possible
3.) Keep the environment humid and warm (75-80 degrees)
4.) Place in a bright area, with filtered to full light
5.) Germination in about 1-2 weeks, with stragglers up to one month later.
- Treat similar to a cactus; dry and warm. Lightly water once or twice a week. Well-drained sandy soil is best. Tolerates frost.
Customer Feedback, 10-17-18:
I was so impressed by my first 500 E. sinica seeds (70%+ germination rate). I used a heating pad and complete darkness. It took less than a week to get green sprouts.