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Chenopodium ambrosoides

a.k.a. Dysphania ambrosoides, Wormseed, Mexican Tea, Jesuit's Tea

An herb and leafy vegetable, particularly popular in Mexico where it is used to flavor and season various dishes, from enchiladas to quesadillas and tamales.

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A short annual or perennial, rarely exceeding 2-3ft. Flower spikes are born during the summer.


Not frost hardy, but can be grown anywhere as an annual.

Growing Environment

Grow in full sun. Water regularly. Growing requirements are similar to some other more common garden herbs such as sage.


By seeds, which should be sown 1/4" deep in well-drained soil. Soil should be kept at 75-85F.


Used for its strongly aromatic smell and flavor which is added to many dishes to bring out flavor. It also has the well-known affect of being able to prevent flatulence, possibly explaining its popularity in seasoning bean dishes. Oil from epazote is used as a treatment to kill intestinal worms. The herb also has a number of traditional medicinal uses.

Native Range

Native from Mexico through Central and parts of South America.

Related Species

Chenopodium ambrosoides
Chenopodium berlandieri
Aztec Red Spinach