Tagetes lucida / Mexican Tarragon / Sweet Mace / Aromatic Culinary Herb and Herbal Tea / Seeds

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Tagetes lucida / Mexican Tarragon / Sweet Mace / Aromatic Culinary Herb and Herbal Tea / Seeds

Mexican Tarragon is a lovely culinary herb, herbal tea, and attractive garden plant.  The glossy green leaves have a delicate aniseed flavour, and are often used as an alternate to Tarragon.  Plants grow to a height of about 70cm and have very fragrant clusters of yellow flowers from July to September.  

The leaves are used fresh or dry ground to flavour food, and the leaves and flowers are used to brew herbal tea, and as a medicinal herb to relieve headaches and enhance mood.  The petals are edible and are used as a garnish.  Dried plants can be burned as a natural incense to repel insects.

Mexican Tarragon grows best in full sun and well drained soil, protected from frost.  It has a stronger flavour if kept on the drier side and grown in less fertile soil.

Pack of approx 150 seeds.  Sow in spring.  Start the seeds indoors in early to mid spring or sow directly into cultivated ground in late spring (May and early June).  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the seed packet.

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Hardiness Half hardy deciduous sub-shrub, mostly grown as an annual
Flowers July to September
Height 50 - 70cm
Spread 20 - 30cm
Conditions  Sun and well drained not-too-rich soil, protected from frost
Sow For indoor cultivation: Sow in early to mid spring on the surface of moist seed compost in trays or pots.  Press the seeds gently into the compost and not cover with compost.  Keep at 20-25C and germination takes 1-2 weeks.   Plant out after the last frost after hardening off.   For outdoor cultivation: Sow the seeds in late spring (May and early June) directly into cultivated soil and thin seedlings to 20cm apart.  Sow in a sunny place with well-drained soil.  
Grow Harvest the younger leaves and flowers as you need them.  Then harvest the entire plant at the end of the season.  In warmer gardens, where there is no frost, these plants grow as perennial sub-shrubs and live for several years.  In frosty gardens, remove the plants when they die back in autumn and grow new plants each year from seed.