It’s a Western plant, all right. The only thing Old World about this little scruffy shrub has been grafted onto its name: Tages, the prophet who appeared at plow-time and taught the Etruscans divination, who’d brought light alongside him within the anise-scented leaves. But his influence in the New World is limited. The Guatemalan and Mexican grandmothers have ideas of their own as to what to do with this gift, and there’s not much use for an old prophet from another place and time when their santos live now, know them each by name. Folks to heal, children to nurse, meat roasting: old Tages must sit outside the jacal until the grannies call him to help.