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Chenopodium ambrosioides anthelminticum - Plant

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It is an annual or short-lived perennial plant (herb), growing to 1.2 m (3.9 ft) tall, irregularly branched, with oblong-lanceolate leaves up to 12 cm (4.7 in) long.
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Description for Chenopodium ambrosioides anthelminticum

The essential oil in the seed and flowering plant is highly toxic. In excess it can cause dizziness, vomiting, convulsions and even death. The plant can also cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions. The leaves and seeds of all members of this genus are more or less edible.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Dysphania ambrosioides, formerly Chenopodium ambrosioides, known as wormseed, Jesuits tea, Mexican-tea, payqu (paico), epazote, or herba sancti Marie, yellow mid-summer 1.2 m (3.9 ft) easy to grow

Planting and care

Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed. Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade well-drained soil Medium 25 degrees to 30 degrees C. Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Chenopodium ambrosioides anthelminticum

    Place plants in full sun in average, well-drained soil. Drainage is important; don t place where roots will sit in water. Leaves develop best flavor in full sun.

Typical uses of Chenopodium ambrosioides anthelminticum

Special features: Although toxic, saponins are poorly absorbed by the body and most pass straight through without any problem. They are also broken down to a large extent in the cooking process.

Culinary use: na

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Cooking the plant will reduce its content of oxalic acid. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition

References

    http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Chenopodium+ambrosioides+anthelminticum

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