DESCRIPTION: Tarragon goes well with fish, meat, soups and stews, and is often used in tomato and egg dishes. This herb adds distinctive flavour to sauces. French tarragon has a...
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DESCRIPTION: Tarragon goes well with fish, meat, soups and stews, and is often used in tomato and egg dishes. This herb adds distinctive flavour to sauces. French tarragon has a slightly sweet flavor and an aroma similar to anise or licorice. Thrives in well-drained soils and full sun.

BOTANICAL NAME: Artemisia dracunculus 'Sativa'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 45-90 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Not significant
FLOWERING TIME: N/A
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Dark green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 5
WATER NEEDS: Average - Requires well drained soil
OTHER FEATURES: Edible, Fragrant, Deer Resistant

Ornamental Features

French Tarragon's attractive small fragrant narrow leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

French Tarragon is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

French Tarragon is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

French Tarragon will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. 

French Tarragon is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

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