Epazote is a pungent tender perennial most commonly used in Mexican cooking. Use the leaves fresh or dried in bean dishes and soups. Epazote blends well with oregano, cumin, and chiles, but on its own it has a strong flavor that some compare to kerosene.
Mature plants grow 2-3 feet tall. Epazote prefers a dry, sunny site, but isn’t particular about growing conditions. In fact, it readily spreads throughout the garden unless you contain it and remove flower stalks before they set seed.
Light: Part sun. Sun
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Width: To 3 feet wide
Problem solvers: Drought tolerant
Special features: Good for containers, Low maintenance
How to Grow Epazote
Epazote herb growing is not difficult. This plant is not picky about soil conditions but does prefer full sun. It is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zone 6 to 11.
Plant seeds or seedlings in the early spring once the ground can be worked. In warm areas, epazote is a perennial. Because of its invasive nature, however, it is best grown in containers.