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Tarragon

Artemisia dracunculus

Also known as

Russian tarragon, Wormwood

Starr 080117-2173 Artemisia dracunculus by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Tarragon

A green Artemisia dracunculus plant
A photo of Tarragon
A close up of a flowering Artemisia dracunculus plant

Tarragon Overview

Tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus is a woody-based perennial plant from the Asteraceae family. Commonly grown as a culinary herb, it also has medicinal uses. It grows naturally across much of Europe and Russia and is a commonly cultivated garden herb. It grows best in full sun and moist soil. It has a spreading habit, producing narrow, lance-shaped, aromatic leaves and nodding, pale yellow blooms.

Common problems with Tarragon

How to propagate Tarragon

Seed

Special features of Tarragon

Attracts butterflies

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Tarragon

Grown for the fern-like, silvery foliage that is sometimes aromatic. Suitable for coastal conditions.