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Sweetie Mexican Tarragon

Tagetes lucida 'Sweetie'

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Sweetie Mexican Tarragon (Tagetes lucida 'Sweetie') at Satellite Garden Centre

Sweetie Mexican Tarragon foliage

Sweetie Mexican Tarragon foliage

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Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas Tarragon, Sweet Mace

Description:

This variety has foliage with the fragrance of anise; used for flavoring food; striking daisy like flowers in summer; prefers sun and is drought tolerant

Edible Qualities

Sweetie Mexican Tarragon is an annual herb that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant narrow compound green leaves are usually harvested from early to late summer. The leaves have a sharp taste and a strong fragrance.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning

Planting & Growing

Sweetie Mexican Tarragon will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sweetie Mexican Tarragon is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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