Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides)

Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides)

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Epazote, or Dysphania ambrosioides, is an indigenous Mexican plant with a seasoned history. Its use in food and medicine dates back to Aztec times. Although one common name for epazote is Mexican Tea Plant, the leaves have been used medicinally all over Latin America for intestinal ailments and issues. Nowadays, the epazote leaves are primarily used to cure the hanger of well-cultured bellies, with a place in nearly every classic and contemporary Mexican dish. 

Growing your own Epazote plant will produce more than enough herb for your personal cooking needs, so our advice is to begin collecting epazote recipes now! For holistic use, dysphania ambrosioides makes a delicious and nutritious tea with herbal notes of mint, oregano, and anise. If you want to keep things simple, just try adding a leaf of epazote for an extra kick to Mexican-style meals you know and love.

Plant Type: 
Annual or Short-lived Perennial Herb

Harvest Season: 
Harvest leaves before flowering in the Fall and Summer, to encourage regenerative growth

Mature Size: 
Up to 5 ft. tall and wide

Soil & Moisture: 
Well-drained soil, will flourish in sandy, dry soil.

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile: 
Yes

Growth Rate: 
Fast

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 6-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation:
Grown from seed and ready to harvest within the growing season.

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