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Edibles Grow Sheets

French Tarragon

  • Scientific Name
    Artemisia dracunculus ‘Sativa’
  • General Information

    French tarragon is a 2-foot winter dormant, tender perennial that can be difficult to grow. It does not produce flowers and seeds. Therefore, all propagation is by cutting or division. French tarragon’s leaves have an anise-like flavor and scent.


  • When to Plant

    Plant starts or cuttings in early spring after last frost.

  • Planting

    Plant about 15 inches apart in full sun to part shade. Handle with care as it has a shallow lateral root system

  • Soil Requirements

    Average, well-drained soil.

  • Water Requirements

    Moderate water. Can withstand dry conditions.

  • Fertilizing

    Not necessary.

  • Pollination

    French tarragon is wind pollinated.

  • Harvesting

    Harvest frequently and carefully as leaves bruise easily. To dry leaves, spread sprigs on flat racks in a warm, shady spot.

  • Storage

    Preserve tarragon in white wine vinegar and store in the refrigerator.

  • Good Varieties for Marin

    French tarragon is the only choice of tarragon for the kitchen.

  • Helpful Tips

    Give French tarragon plenty of space, with good air circulation. Frequent cutting during summer helps the plant prosper and lessens conditions for disease. All yellow and brown leaves should be removed from the plant as soon as they appear, to deter fungal infections.

  • Common Problems

    Roots rot in soggy soil.

  • Pests- Diseases & More

    Generally disease and insect free.