Mexican Tarragon
(Tagetes lucida)

A South American herb often used as a substitute for French Tarragon, it’s actually a unique and delightful herb in its own right. Commonly grown as an annual in cold Winter areas, it quickly grows to around 2’ tall and wide with a semi-erect, multi branching form. Leaves can be harvested and dried throughout the year. Can be used to flavor soups, sauces, and fish - the delightful sweet anise-like flavor of the leaves is best when added at the end of cooking. It pairs surprisingly well with chocolate and is a delightful addition to hot cocoa. Also used medicinally for a variety of purposes, it was supposedly included in the herbal mixture the Aztecs used to stupefy their human sacrifices – so I imagine it makes a fantastic addition to any “sleepy time” tea blend! Pretty half inch yellow flowers bloom in late Summer. An excellent addition to the vegetable garden as it releases chemicals that repel a variety of pest insects. May go Winter dormant.

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Full Sun
Average Water

Perennial Herb
USDA zones 8-11