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Mexican Tea (Dysphania ambrosioides (L.) Mosyakin & Clemants)

Also known as epazote.

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An annual or short-lived perennial native to central and south America, introduced into North America, where it is now widely distributed.

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Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Used as a vegetable, herb, and herbal tea, particularly in Mexican culture. Commercially cultivated and sometimes sold in Mexican groceries in the U.S. It is usually only used in small quantities, as it has a strong flavor and has some toxicity if too much is consumed.

Dysphania ambrosioides (Mexican Tea) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Dysphania ambrosioides | Go Botany (About This Site)

Mexican Tea | iNaturalist (About This Site)

Dysphania ambrosioides (Mexican tea) | CABI Invasive Species Compendium (About This Site)

Dysphania ambrosioides | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Dysphania ambrosioides | Flora of North America (About This Site)

Mexican Tea | Maryland Biodiversity Project (About This Site)

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