Herbs Epazote


Organic Seed

Product ID: 782

Used in traditional Mexican cooking.

Pungent flavor with refreshing, minty overtones. Use in chili, sauces, and bean dishes. Plant every 2-3 weeks from spring through early summer to ensure a steady harvest. Organically grown. Avg. 170,500 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.
Epazote is toxic if consumed in large amounts, and self-seeds readily. To prevent a potential weed problem in the garden, we recommend clipping off flower parts before seeds form.




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SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Sow outdoors shallowly, as seeds require light to germinate, 2-3 seeds per inch, once the soil has warmed in early spring. Thin to stand 4-6" apart in rows, or clumps every 6-12", in rows that are 12-18" apart.
Transplant: Press seeds lightly, as seeds require light to germinate, into a soil mix that has been premoistened. Water in with the same mixture. Transplant to larger cells when seedlings develop true leaves and later to outside when they are about 3-4" tall. Space plants 4-6" apart in rows that are 12-18" apart.


Grow in average to poor soil. When grown in an acidic soil, the "purpling," which is usually barely visible in the stems and leaf veins, can become more prominent.




HARVEST: Harvest leaves or whole young plants for fresh use. Harvest black seeds when ripe and dry for medicinal use.

Note: Epazote self-sows readily. May become invasive, if allowed to do so.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Dysphania ambrosioides

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Dysphania ambrosioides
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
55 Days
Life Cycle
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
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