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Porophyllum ruderale

 
Porophyllum ruderale

Common name papaloquelite; yerba porosa; summer cilantro
Family asteraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers yellow (late summer-fall)
Size 3-5'
Light sun

Papaloquelite is an annual herb with fragrant leaves that can be used for seasoning food. Our plants arrived bare-root as part of our CSA (community-supported agriculture) share in June, and since we didn't have much of an idea how to use them in cooking (mostly, preparing salsas), I decided to just set them out in the garden to observe them for a while. Online photos show dandelion-like seedheads, but not the yellow flowers that precede them, so hopefully I can see for myself what the plant does. The species originated in South America, but has been grown in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. for centuries.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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