Update Fall 2023:
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Epazote Seeds (Certified Organic)

Also known as Mexican Tea or Herba Sancti Mariae.

Availability: In stock

All orders are hand-packaged and may take UP TO FOUR weeks to SHIP.
Thank you for your patience during this time.


Also known as Mexican Tea or Herba Sancti Mariae. This annual Mexican herb has a pungent aroma, spear-shaped, deeply toothed leaves, and green flowers.

Epazote's fragrance is strong and pungent. It has been compared to citrus, petroleum, savory, mint or camphor. With its strong taste and aroma, not everyone takes to it right away. Used as a spice, it adds a wonderful rustic layer of flavor to many Mexican and Latin American dishes, giving them an extra dimension of flavor that just can’t be replicated with any other herb – very similar to the “umami” flavors of fermented Asian ingredients.

Epazote leaves are used to season soup, corn, beans and shellfish in Mexico. It is used in beans to prevent flatulence. It is also brewed for Jesuit Tea. One of the herb's other main uses is to expel intestinal worms from humans and animals. Oil of chenopodium is derived from this plant. Leaves can be dried for later use. 55 days to harvest.

Michigan Seeds and Plants grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Dysphania ambrosioides
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 8 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/16 in.
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Plant Spacing 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F, USDA Zone 10a: to 35F, USDA Zone 10b: to 40F, USDA Zone 11a: to 45F
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction, Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested, Seed is poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color Chartreuse (Yellow-Green), Pale Green
Bloom Time Mid-Summer
Foliage Grown for Foliage
Other Details Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Soil pH Requirements 4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic), 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic), 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic), 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline), 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline), 8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline), Over 9.1 (very alkaline)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds, Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds, Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed, Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored, Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Seeds Per Pack 100