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Porophyllum ruderale, or Yerba Porosa, is an annual wildflower that has edible leaves that are used for seasoning with a flavor similar to cilantro combined with arugula.  This plant has an upright growth habit, rounded leaves with scalloped edges, and non-descript flowers that emerge from a swollen base. This wild edible species is found in moist areas on rocky slopes and in drainages between 3,500-5,000 ft in southeastern Arizona down into Mexico. It blooms August-October and is followed by dandelion-like seeds that are carried off in the wind. Plant in partial shade to full sun, with medium water requirements. Reseeds readily. 

Yerba Porosa Seed, Porophyllum ruderale

  • 3500-5000 ft