An Historic Weed

This is an addition to my previous post. Quite a few people didn’t know what blackjacks were, and I wondered where else they can be found.

Compliments of Google – the scientific name is tagetes minuta, a member of the Marigold family.

Here is a closeup. The focus isn’t quite right – it is just from my cellphone.

Blackjack closeup

Blackjack closeup

The blackjack is the dried seeds of the khakibos. If you rub the leaves of the khakibos between your fingers, it has a very strong, distinctive smell.

Khakibos and Blackjacks

Khakibos and Blackjacks

Khakibos aren’t native to South Africa. During the second Anglo-Boer war (1899 to 1902) the British imported fodder for the horses from Argentina and the seeds for the khakibos were in the bales. The British soldiers wore khaki uniforms, so – khakibos – literally Khaki bush. Interestingly, the cosmos flower comes from the same source.

I would be interested to know if the khakibos is familiar to anyone else?


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16 Responses to An Historic Weed

  1. Zarina says:

    I have yet to see this in Malaysia. Either grown wild or cultivated.

  2. franhunne4u says:

    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 – and Wikipedia has much more to say about this plant.

  3. Interesting. Never heard of it or saw it.

  4. Thumbup says:

    Never seen it! It’s native to South American? Makes good flea repellent?

  5. fabrickated says:

    Never seen or heard of it. But thank you for the interesting information about the spread of the seeds.

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