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A picture of a Sweet Mace

Sweet Mace

Tagetes lucida

Also known as

Mexican Tarragon, Marigold, Spanish Tarragon, Tzitziqui, Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas-Tarragon, Sweet Marigold, Sweet-Scent Mexican Marigold, Sweetscented Marigold

Tagetes lucida, the Sweetscented Marigold (9468459349) by Dick Culbert (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Sweet Mace

Tagetes lucida, Botanischer Garten Erlangen, 2008
A flowering Tagetes lucida plant
Some green Tagetes lucida with yellow flowers

Sweet Mace Overview

Tagetes lucida is a tender perennial plant from the Asteraceae family. It originates from Mexico to Honduras and has a bushy growth habit. This plant is known by many common names including Sweet Mace, Mexican Tarragon and Marigold. It is often grown as an annual plant, typically reaching 75cm in height. It produces aromatic foliage, coloured glossy green, the leaves are straight and measure around 7-5cm in length. The leaves can be used for cooking, they are considered a good substitute for Tarragon in Mexican cuisine. Flowers are small and arranged in clusters, coloured golden-yellow, they appear from late summer to autumn.

Common problems with Sweet Mace

How to propagate Sweet Mace


Special features of Sweet Mace

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers