Epazote, Chenopodium ambrosioides, Mexican Tea, Dysphania ambrosioides


Epazote – grow your own Mexican ingredients!

Why grow epazote?

If you like Mexican food then epazote is the herb for you! Easy to grow herb for a Mexican inspired garden. The cent of epazote is strong and unique and added to bean dishes to resuce flatulence, to quesadillas, tamales, enchiladas amongst others.

Traditional mexican healers used the leaves for a tea which is said to be a cure for internal parasites, asthma, coughs and externally for arthritis.

Epazote herb was thrown in a fire to repel mosquitos and used as an insecticide.

How to grow epazote:

Annual in colder climates perennial in warmer climates, may self seed. Grows 60 cm – 1meter. Epazote likes a warm and sunny position, not fussy about soil, but well drained. Harvest contiuously the middle stem to encourage bushy growth.

Epazote’s telling common names:

Botanists like changing names andDysphania ambrosioides is the new botanical name.

The tropical plant database lists the following common names and some of them make me think…: Epazote, erva-de-santa maria, wormseed, apasote, chenopode, feuilles a vers, herbe a vers, meksika cayi, paico, pazote, semen contra (does this mean it has contraceptive properties?), semin contra (same), simon contegras, mexican tea, american wormseed, jesuit’s tea (why did the jesuits need that tea?), payco, paiku, paico, amush, camatai, cashua, amasamas, anserina, mastruco, mastruz, sie-sie, jerusalem tea, spanish tea, ambroisie du mexique, wurmsamen, hierba hormiguera (hormiga means ant – maybe it’s ant repellent?).

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Height + Width:

Frost Hardiness: Hardy in Katoomba




Country of Origin: Eastern Cape of South Africa


Common names: African Dream Root, Undlela Ziimhlophe (White Ways/Paths), Ubulawu



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