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Tagetes minuta, also known as southern cone marigold, stinking roger or black mint, is a tall upright marigold plant from the genus Tagetes, with small flowers, native to the southern half of South America. Since Spanish colonization, it has been introduced around the world, and has become naturalized in Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America, and Africa.
It is used as a culinary herb in Peru, Ecuador, and parts of Chile and Bolivia, where it is called by the Quechua term Huacatay. It is commonly sold in Latin grocery stores in a bottled, paste format as black mint paste.
This species of marigold may grow to become from 0.6–1.3 meters tall.
The leaves when dried may be used as a seasoning.
Huacatay paste is used to make the popular Peruvian potato dish called ocopa''.
For some time people have used it as a flavorful tisane for medical benefits such as a remedy for the colds, respiratory inflammations, or stomach problems.
The sap of the plant may cause irritation to the skin and may also cause photodermatitis.
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