Tarragon

Tarragon is a fairly large aromatic perennial that has mostly linear leaves that grow from the stems. There are a few subspecies of Artemisia dracunculus, some of which are more commonly used to produce the spice, Tarragon.

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Description
Latin Name Artemisia dracunculus
Type Herb
Description Tarragon is a fairly large aromatic perennial that has mostly linear leaves that grow from the stems. There are a few subspecies of Artemisia dracunculus, some of which are more commonly used to produce the spice, Tarragon.
Height and Spread Up to 150 cm tall. Up to 60 cm spread.
Bloom Colour Small yellow flowers.
Bloom Months July, August.
Foliage Colour Dark green.
Seed Months Late summer to fall. (August, September)
Light and Water Generally grows in open, well lit areas. Common in very dry areas, will also grow in wetter soil.
Ethnobotany Information There are a number of different subspecies of Artemisia dracunculus. The native Tarragon here is generally not used to produce the culinary herb Tarragon. It does have a long history of use though, with the Secwepemc people mixing it with White Clematis to heal fractures, sprains, and other injuries.
Wildlife Uses In dry, open areas Tarragon provides ground cover for small species of wildlife.
Garden Uses Tarragon grows into small bushes that can provide variable texture to a garden landscape. Depending on the subspecies, Tarragon can also be highly aromatic and useful for cooking.
Facts Tarragon is part of the genus Artemisia, which includes other aromatic plants such as Big Sage and mugworts.
Propagation Techniques Tarragon produces large numbers of seeds that can be fairly easily propagated.