Terragon - Knowledgebase Question

Sunrise, Fl
Question by hcp1870
September 23, 2009
is Texas Terragon the same as French Terragon?

Answer from NGA
September 23, 2009


Tarragon or dragon's-wort (Artemisia dracunculus L.) is a perennial herb in the family Asteraceae related to wormwood. French tarragon is the variety generally considered best for the kitchen. Texas tarragon (Tagetes lucida) is another name for Mexican mint marigold. It is not a true tarragon plant but a member of the marigold family. Gardeners in Florida and Texas have trouble keeping tarragon through the long, hot summer, but instead they are blessed with ?Texas Tarragon?. This anise flavored perennial is a wonderful addition to the landscape. Growing to 30 inches, the shapely clump becomes ablaze in fall with golden marigold-like blossoms. It has a very different flavor than French tarragon so use with caution!

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