Deer Weed Porophyllum gracile

Synonyms: P.junciforme, P.putidum, P.caesium, P.cedrense , P.leucospermum , P.nodosum , P.ochroleucum , P.pinifolium , P.vaseyi , P.confertum var. ochroleucum Also called, slender pore leaf, odora, yerba del venado (deer herb), maravilla, tepepapaloquilitl, Pech’uk-il (Mayan name), xtisil or xtesel (Seri name), hestej (Guarijio name) P.gracile is the only herb in this family where I have found reference to it being used as a dried herb. The dried leaves would be crumbled together with salt and rubbed … Continue reading Deer Weed Porophyllum gracile

A Note on Deer Weed : The Danger of Common Names

Yerba del venado (Hierba de Venado, Yerba del ciervo) One of the issues with the naming of plants becomes quite apparent when it comes to their common names. Several of the porophyllum species are called Deer Weed. This can cause a lot of confusion when it comes to deciding which is the appropriate herb to use, particularly when you are using the herb as a … Continue reading A Note on Deer Weed : The Danger of Common Names


Pericón is an herb native to México. It has an aniseed like flavour and scent and is sometimes called “Mexican tarragon”. The chopped leaves are used to flavour corn on the cob and chayote and are complementary to green beans and squash. The flowers can be sprinkled on salads. The herb can be dried but it will lose some of its flavour. This herb is still used … Continue reading Pericón

Chepiche/Pipicha Porophyllum tagetoides

Porophyllum tagetoides (syn P.linaria, Kleinia tagetoides ): chepiche, pipicha, pipitza, pipitzcaquilitl (Nahuatl), tepicha, quelite oaxaqueño, escobeta, papalo delgado (thin papalo), Cole de coyote (coyote tail), yerba de la venado (so called because the plant exhales a stench similar to that which gives off the meat of the deer)(sic) (Hieronymus. G), nlí-dún (Zapotec) named after a stinging ant (ndún), one assumes because of its smell when … Continue reading Chepiche/Pipicha Porophyllum tagetoides

Botany and Nomenclature of Papaloquelite

Porophyllums were first described by Linnaeus in 1753. The University of Arizona has specimens in their Herbarium collected from the Sonora and Chihuahua regions in the 1800’s. The Latin translations of some of the names in the poreleaf family are as follows; porophyllum translates to “pore – leaf”, this is due to the conspicuous presence of large oil glands on the leaf; ruderale refers to the plant “growing … Continue reading Botany and Nomenclature of Papaloquelite

Quillquina : Porophyllum ruderale

Also called, Cilantro boliviano, Bolivian coriander, Killkiña, (Bolivia) Quilquiña / Quillquiña / Quirquiña (del quechua killkiña), killi, namu, anamu (strongly scented herb), chucha, guacamaya, Picão-branco, cravo de urubu (black vulture marigold)(Brazil), yerba de cabra (goat plant), yerba de venado (deer grass), yerba del ciervo (deer grass), yerba galinazo (buzzards breath), yerba porosa, rudade gallina, venadillo, arnica paulistana (São Paulo), Comida de zorro, Cominillo, Ruda blanca, Yerba … Continue reading Quillquina : Porophyllum ruderale


Even though anthropological studies are often undertaken there are no truly accurate records of the native use of wild plants. The daily foods of indigenous peoples are usually considered a food of low social status and are often overlooked by peoples of a “developing” society, in particular those people of the society doing the developing. This was the case in Mexico where some plants were … Continue reading Quelites