By Sarah Fiorello

Dysphania ambrosioides

Native to Central America

Indigenous people taught enslaved Africans to make remedies with the leaves and seeds for expelling intestinal worms. It was sometimes mixed with sorghum syrup to make it taste better.

Photo: Pam Shade

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