A picture of a Mexican Tarragon

Mexican Tarragon

Tagetes lucida

Also known as

Marigold, Spanish Tarragon, Tzitziqui, Mexican Mint Marigold, Texas-Tarragon, Sweet Marigold, Sweet Mace, Sweet-Scent Mexican Marigold, Sweet Scented Marigold

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Mexican Tarragon
Tagetes lucida (tagete luisante)

Mexican Tarragon 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 Mexican Tarragon

How to propagate Mexican Tarragon


Special features of Mexican Tarragon

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers