Sweet Mace Tarragon
Tagetes lucida Cav. Tarragon flavour from seed. Also known as Mexican Mint, this herb is often used in herb vinegars. 24" plant produces glossy green leaves with orange anise-scented flowers. Will flower all season. Can be used fresh or dried. Approx. 500 seeds/pkg.
Sow indoors in vermiculite 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 65-75°F. Or you can direct sow at last spring frost date. Plant 3 - 5 mm deep and space 30 - 45 cm apart. Plan in full sun in well drained soil.
Harvest the flowers as they appear for use in salads or dyes. Leaves can be harvested individually if desired, take the tops off the branches to encourage more branching. For full harvest snip branches from the main stem at the end of the season bunch and hang to dry in a warm dark area. Strip the leaves from the stems and store in airtight dark containers for later use.