ChilchahuaCommon Name: Chik chawua´ chilchahua, chichahua, payte wamal, muk’ ‘ul majtas, pay T’e

Scientific Name: Tagetes nelsonii greenm

Climate: Temperate and cold

Plant Description: Herbaceous erect perennial, thin smooth stems with short hairs scattered 1 meter high, alternate elongated leaves and serrated tips. Aromatic leaves, yellow oval flowers with tongue shaped petals on each of the ray flowers. It is cultivated at altitudes of 1600-2300 meters above sea level. Cultivated in the mountainous regions of Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala.

Cultivation: It does not need a lot of water. Direct sun. This plant prefers clay (mud) soils. It spreads during the summer from cuttings with short sprouts of new mature growth. Peel or prune the lower leaves, and stick to moist soil or well-drained garden soil.

Pruning is recommended to control the size of the plant. Remove dead or diseased parts, or to shape it. Pruning is done in late winter or spring.

Uses: It has been used traditionally for the treatment of intestinal diseases such as diarrhoea, salmonellosis, also for headache and fever.


En español: Chilchahua