Russian Tarragon

Artemisia dracunculoides

False Tarragon

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Russian tarragon has smaller leaves than French tarragon (A. dracunculus) and is also hardier. It has a spreading habit and is easier to grow than French tarragon. The latter, however, has a more delicate flavour.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest leaves while they are still young and at their most flavourful. Not suitable for drying. Can be harvested and frozen in cubes. Young stems can be harvested and eaten like asparagus.

Propagation

Division

Tarragon clumps should be divided every three or four years.

Seed

Sow Russian tarragon seed indoors in sunny location or under plant grow lights six weeks before last frost. Germination in soil takes approximately 10 to 14 days.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Russian Tarragon attracts butterflies to your garden.

Special features

Origin

Mongolia, Russia

Natural climate

Temperate to warm

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Tarragon has a mild anesthetic property when used medicinally.

Edible

Leaves are used for seasoning, especially vinegar. Young stems can be harvested and eaten like asparagus.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Tarragon are susceptible to root rot so avoid over watering. Avoid planting French tarragon where water collects or where leaves are slow to dry. Tarragon is susceptible to downy mildew, powdery mildew, and root rot where the soil or plants stay wet.

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