True French tarragon can only be grown from cuttings.
This Mexican type is actually a kind of marigold, but tastes a lot like tarragon when dried.
The fresh plants have a strong, sweet scent like mace.
Makes a sweet, sedative tea. Also smoked or put in a pillow for lucid dreams. Easy in full sun. Grown as an annual where winters go below 5F.
BOTANICAL NAME: Tagetes lucida
Start seeds in flats or pots after frost is past. Make a flat seed bed, and press the seeds into the soil, barely covering with a small amount of dirt just to hold in place-needs light to germinate. Transplant about 18" apart into an area with full sun. Spade in some compost and lime into soil if its acid. Likes ample water. Pinch tops when plants reach 12" tall to make plants bushier. Harvest leaves and flowering stems when flower buds form.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 7-10/Height 6-12"/Spacing 10"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
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