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Mexican Tarragon (Garden Starter Plant)


Tagetes lucida

Also called Mexican mint marigold, Texas tarragon, and occasionally yerba anise, this plant is a great substitute for true French tarragon in warm humid climates where French tarragon wanes in the summer. The leaves have a similar anise-like flavor and can be used in soups, or for fish, chicken salad, and other dishes calling for tarragon. Although it is technically an annual, Mexican tarragon is an evergreen perennial in zone 9. The pretty plants bloom in late summer and fall. They make great additions to an herb garden or flower bed, and also do well in containers.

  • Light:  Sun to part shade
  • Spacing:  18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size:  14 to 30 inches tall
  • Garden use:  Herb garden, flower border, containers, butterfly garden
  • Culinary use:  As a substitute for French tarragon

* Photos and description courtesy of Bonnie Plants.