Huacatay Tagetes minuta

Inca marigold, Peruvian black mint, Stinking Roger, Ocopa, Cravo-de-defunto (generic name used for Tagetes species marigolds), cravo-de-urubu (vulture marigold), enxota, Aztec marigold Huacatay is native to southern South America (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and the Chaco region of Paraguay). It has a liquorice like aroma/taste and is a popular culinary herb, beverage herb and medicinal tea. Plants of the Tagetes species are known as Marigolds … Continue reading Huacatay Tagetes minuta

Porophyllum lanceolatum

Also called, clavelina, hierba del ciervo, hierba del venado, yerba del venado, ıvira käti (Isoceño-guaran´ı) quilquina (Argentina) This herb is used in west-central Argentina primarily as an infusion. One study of P.lanceolatum (Mattana etal) showed that extracts from this plant look promising as a potential natural therapy against Gram-positive bacteria (1).  According to the Colegio de Farmacéuticos de Santa Fe (2) in Argentina it is … Continue reading Porophyllum lanceolatum

Mexixquilitl

Mexixquilitl (as L.virginicum) also called lentejilla The picture above depicts a plant from the tropaeolum genus. These are commonly known as nasturtiums. The leaves of the nasturtium are edible and have a “peppery” bite to them. The Tropaeolum genus is native to Central and South America and were introduced into Europe from Peru by the Spanish. Nasturtiums received their common name because the produce an … Continue reading Mexixquilitl

Porophyllum scoparium

Porophyllum scoparium : shrubby poreleaf, hierba del venado, jarilla, romerillo, pomerillo, Transpecos poreleaf. In Mexico P.scoparium is used as a remedy for rheumatism, fever and intestinal problems. This herb is currently being used by the Grupo Medico Dr. Zurita SA de CV in Mexico City. Dr’s Manuel A Zurita Lopez and Maria Esther Zurita Jiminez on their website state, “We are a Mexican medical group dedicated … Continue reading Porophyllum scoparium

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. Tagetes lucida

Tagetes lucida. also called Santa Maria, Mexican tarragon, sweet mace, yerbanis, yauhtli (cloud herb), cuaubiyauhtli, iyauhtli, tepepapaloquilitl, totonicapán, jolomocox, tzitz ak (Tzeltal Maya), periquillo, anicillo, curucumín Pericón (1) 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 … Continue reading Pericón. Tagetes lucida