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Mexican tarragon      

Tagetes lucida

Mexican tarragon is a plant which belongs to the Tagetes genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (lucida) means 'shining'.

The leaves of the Mexican Tarragon have a mild tarragon / aniseed flavour and is commonly used as a herb in mexican and central american cookery. It is generally a low maintenance plant to grow in most gardens and can be grown purely for it’s ornamental value.

This is a half hardy semi woody sub shrub that bears clusters of small yellow flower heads on the ends of the stems.The plant continues to bloom late into autumn. Mexican tarragon flowers make a tasty addition to salads.1

Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 2.0 cm (0.78 inches imperial) and produce a licorish fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours:   Yellow and   Painter yellow and   Canary yellow. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green and   Grade 1 Paint Green colour. A type of flowering edible herb / flower, it mainly grows as an annual/perennial plant - which means it can have a varying lifetime - from 1 year to several. Normally reaching to a mature height of 1.95 feet (60.0 cm). Mexican tarragon is a great plant to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.

Guatemala is believed to be where Mexican tarragon originates from.

Mexican tarragon is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Mexican tarragon have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Mexican tarragon

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Mexican tarragon likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is loamy and sandy and has a ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 as Mexican tarragon is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Mexican tarragon is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop.

See our list of companion Plants for Mexican tarragon to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Mexican tarragon from seed

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Mexican tarragon about 49 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Mexican tarragon

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Mexican tarragon is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Mexican tarragon

Leaves and flowers are edible and have a similar flavor to French Tarragon.
Keeps best made into pesto and frozen.
Harvest fresh leaves for tea.

Common Mexican tarragon problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Mexican tarragon plants:

No serious pests.

Mexican tarragon Folklore & Trivia

Used in Mexico as protection against the devil.

Traditionally was combined with peyote and smoked, or mixed in beer or cactus liquor.2

Other names for Mexican tarragon

Sweet mace, Mexican mint marigold, Texas tarragon, Pericon, Mexican marigold, Spanish Tarragon, Yerbis Anis, Mexican oregano

Tagetes lucida Cav.

Mexican tarragon care instructions

How long does Mexican tarragon take to grow?

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