- Self-seeding annual plant
- Plants grow to 30-40 inches tall
- Leaves have a strong, pungent flavor and scent
(Chenopodium ambrosioides) Pungent, aromatic herb native to Central and South America. Traditionally used in bean dishes to impart a fuller flavor and alleviate flatulence; add leaves near the end of the cooking time. Both fresh and dried leaves can be used. Self-seeds readily. Annual.
Learn to Grow it
You can sow seeds indoors or directly into the soil in mild areas starting around mid-spring.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
This is a "cut-and-come-again" plant so you can harvest leaves as they mature. Keep the leaves well watered and cool.
Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.