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Texas Tarragon, also known as Mexican Tarragon, Mexican Marigold or Sweet Marigold, leaves have a tarragon-like flavor, with hints of anise, often used as a substitute for French Tarragon. Small golden-yellow flowers bloom late summer. The Aztecs grew Mexican Tarragon for culinary, medicinal, and ritual uses. It was thought of as treating the illnesses of the gods. The Aztecs also burned Mexican Tarragon as incense, and the flowers were used decoratively in many religious ceremonies. It is still used today to ward off ‘evil spirits’ and in the corners of the cornfield before the harvest. In Aztec culture it was dedicated to the Tlaloc, the god of rain and lightning, and was therefore responsible for ‘wet’ illnesses like colds and rheumatism.
Easily grown in average, well-drained soils. Be careful not to overwater.
Upright, bushy habit.
Aromatic, anise-scneted green leaves.
Small, marigold-shaped golden-yellow blooms late summer.