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Mexican Tarragon

  • Scientific Name
    Tagetes lucida
  • General Information

    Mexican tarragon is a tender perennial often grown as an annual. It grows 2 to 3 feet tall. Its yellow-orange flowers attract bees, butterflies, and birds yet repel some insect pests. It is in the same family as ornamental marigolds but has a different scent. The flavor has hints of tarragon, mint, and anise.

  • When to Plant

    Plant in spring after last frost.

  • Planting

    Plant in full or part sun. Seeds can be difficult to find and are slow to germinate.  Plant starts instead. Also easily propagated from cuttings from base of plant. Break off stem including the roots.

  • Soil Requirements

    Prefers well composted soil with good drainage. Works in sandy

  • Water Requirements

    Mexican tarragon is drought tolerant but prefers consistent water. Allow soil to dry out before watering again. Avoid watering the leaves

  • Fertilizing

    Not necessary. Apply fish emulsion once a month if blooms are sparse.

  • Pollination

    Mexican tarragon is a hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by insects.

  • Harvesting

    Harvest leaves as needed as they are best fresh.

  • Storage

    To dry leaves, bundle stems and hang upside down. In about a week, strip leaves from stems and store in glass jar until next season.

  • Good Varieties for Marin

    Tagetes lucida resembles tarragon and does well in high temperatures.

  • Helpful Tips
    N / A
  • Common Problems

    Relatively pest free.

  • Pests- Diseases & More

    Frequently helps fight off pests with its scent when planted near other edibles.