Good substitute for French Tarragon, beautiful yellow flowers
Mexican Tarragon figures prominently in Huichol art, an inspirational and vibrant yellow flower that is used in smoking mixtures. The herb is a remedy of the Curanderos, who make a tea infusion for treating the common cold. As a spice, the leaves are a great additive to eggs and other protein dishes, rendering them savory. The flavor is very much tarragon, but also anise.Asteraceae Tagetes lucida
Native to Mexico, Mexican Tarragon has been used for culinary, medicinal, and spiritual purposes for centuries.
- Ease of Growing
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- Growing Habit
Mexican Tarragon is hardy down to about 10˚ F. In areas with colder winters the plant can be moved into a container and brought indoors till the cold passes. Even if the top dies back the roots will be in good condition if kept at warm enough temperatures. Perennial in zones 8 to 11, it has to be grown as an annual in colder zones or brought indoors for winter.
- Spring Transplant, Spring
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
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- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot
Mexican Tarragon needs good air circulation, plenty of sun, and well-draining, semi-moist soil.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 55°F - 95°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Plant after last frost date.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool, Warm, Hot)
Mexican Tarragon will grow more leaves and flowers of higher quality if grown in full sun.
Mexican Tarragon is fairly drought tolerant but will grow more leaves of higher quality if it receives adequate water.
Mexican Tarragon prefers moderately rich garden soil.
- Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, High heat
- Small Gardens?
Mexican Tarragon grows well in containers but be sure to put plants in a place that gets at least 4 hours of light daily. Growing Mexican Tarragon in containers is ideal for colder climates with more severe winters.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
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- Taste Profile
Similar to French Tarragon with a slightly sweet anise flavor.