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Porophyllum linaria / Porophyllum tagetoides
Pipicha, Chepiche
  • Hardy to Zone 9, or Grow as an Annual
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested November 15, 2023: 75%
  • Approximately 20 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
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Seeds will be available again in Fall 2024.

Pepicha is a perennial Mexican herb that is similar to cilantro, but even better! The flavour is complex with notes of cilantro and citrus. Unlike cilantro, pepicha thrives in hot weather: no need to worry about bolting as the flowers are edible too.

I love to use pepicha in place of cilantro in Mexican dishes such as salsas and tacos. It is also delicious in salads and eggs. I actually prefer the flavour to cilantro, and it's so much easier to grow in the heat. It's a short-lived perennial in warmer zones, otherwise it's easily grown as an annual. 

Pepicha can be dried for winter use. It holds its flavour well when dried.

Pepicha is native to Mexico, specifically the Oaxaca region, which is known for its incredible food. It is used in the Oaxacan dish, Sopa de Guias, zucchini soup made with squash blossoms and vines. It is used to add flavour and colour to rice and poached fish. Pepicha falls in the class of quelites, or wild greens.

It also has medicinal uses.

Growing Instructions

Sow seeds shallowly indoors in late spring 4-8 weeks before last frost, and plant outside May-June. These plants like heat, so use a heat mat or place flats in a warm spot, like on top of the fridge. Take care not to break the seeds. Seeds can also be direct sown in late May and June.

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade. Well-draining garden soil. Can be grown in pots.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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