Very aromatic, black genepi is characterised by a short stem and blackish stars on the calyx which give it its name. The plant is smaller than the yellow genepi. It grows at high altitude (between 2200 and 3500m), mainly in rocks, scree and glacial moraines. It flowers from mid-June to August, each plant having only five or six flowers, compared to almost thirty for the yellow genepi. It was widely used in France in the mountainous regions until the beginning of the 20th century, whether macerated in brandy or in herbal tea. Its rarity and low yield explain why it is practically no longer used in the production of herbal liqueurs.
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