Texan Tarragon Plants
HERB-TEXT-1-1Regular price $9.50
If you love the flavour of French Tarragon, but live in a warm, humid area, you might find Texan Tarragon a little easier to grow. Texan Tarragon has cheerful yellow flowers, and the signature anise/licorice flavour of French Tarragon. It is great in a pot, or as a beautiful companion plant in your edible garden.
Urban Bounty Texan Tarragon plants come in a 1.5 litre pot.
What is Texan Tarragon? (Tagetes lucida, Mexican Tarragon, Mint Marigold)
Texan Tarragon isn't actually a Tarragon, although it has a similar flavour profile. Part of the Sunflower family, it is actually more closely related to Marigold. Texan Tarragon originates from the Southwest Unites States, Central and South America.
Texan Tarragon is a bushy perennial with bright golden flowers that bloom in autumn. It has a wonderful anise-licorice fragrance that echoes its flavour. It grows to between 60cm and 1 metre high, making it a perfect filler for the middle section of the garden.
Culinary Uses for Texan Tarragon
Texan Tarragon has a sweet licorice or anise flavour and is often used in Mexican cuisine. It can be used as a substitute for French Tarragon, and works well in both savory and sweet dishes. Try the flowers in salads, or add them to your favourite chicken dish. The flavour in the leaves breaks down more quickly when heated, so add them at the end of cooking.) Dried Texan Tarragon flowers and leaves can also be used to brew a sweet licorice-flavoured cup of herbal tea.
Growing Conditions - Texan Tarragon
Texan Tarragon thrives in full sun and hot, dry conditions. This easy care plant likes rich, well-drained soil. Add a handful of compost and some Morganics to enrich the soil when planting.
While Texan Tarragon is relatively drought tolerant, it does better with regular watering - enough to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. This plant is dormant in the winter, so it will weather a frost. We recommend planting it in a relatively sheltered spot, as exposure to heavy wind can knock the flowers a bit.
At the end of flowering, cut the stems off at the base, and hang them upside down to dry - you'll be able to enjoy the dried leaves over winter!
What climate do Texan Tarragon plants prefer?
Start Texan Tarragon seeds indoors, and then plant the seedlings out in spring, after the last frost. Texan Tarragon does best in a warmer climate.