Sweet Mace Tarragon
Tagetes lucida. Also known as Mexican Mint, this herb is often used in herb vinegars. This 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. Untreated seed.
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Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost with a peat-based soil top dressed with vermiculite. Gently press into soil to make good contact but not bury the seed. Keep at 18-24°C. You can also direct sow after your last frost. Space 12-18" apart. Plant in full sun with well-draining soil.
Harvest the flowers as they appear for use in salads or dyes. Take the tops off the branches to encourage more branching. Leaves can be harvested individually if desired, or, for end of season harvests, cut branches at the main stem. Bunch and hang to dry in a warm dark area. Avoid harvesting when foliage is wet. Strip leaves from stems and store in airtight containers for later use.