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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 flavour 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.

  • Type Perennial in zone 9
  • Planting time Spring, after the last frost
  • Features Aromatic leaves, yellow flowers in late summer and fall
  • Light Sun to part shade
  • Soil Light, well drained, on the dry side
  • Plant 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


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