Tagetes minuta L. grows in the northwestern Himalayas in India. There is a growing interest in the oil of T. minuta as a raw material for flavor and fragrance industries currently and for the activity of (Z)-p-ocimene against mosquito larvae.
It is used as a culinary herb in Peru, Ecuador, and parts of Chile and Bolivia. It is called by the Quechua terms wakatay in Peru or wakataya in Bolivia. It is commonly sold in Latin grocery stores in a bottled, paste format as black mint paste.