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Tarragon

Tarragon

Artemesia dracunculus
Fresh-cut grass meets savory herb: delicious in tomatoey stews.

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If it smells like Anise and is related to wormwood it must be--tarragon? Commonly referred to as "dragon herb,"--and "King of Herbs" by the French--this perennial boasts a strong flavor (where too much can be a little overpowering) that adds a nice zip to all different types of hearty, savory dishes. Tarragon's strong presence makes it a nice choice for infused oils and vinegars, and for cold-weather soups. The plant itself grows a few feet, with spindly leaves dotting the stems. This variety is Russian Tarragon. French Tarragon is difficult to grow from seed.
Number of Seeds 250 seeds
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24 inches
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 14
Days to Maturity 70 days
Height at Maturity 24 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 24 inches
Start indoors 4 weeks before last frost. Transplant outdoors in May, in clusters, about 3" apart. Tarragon grows quite tall its first year, the clusters help it stand up. Harvest by cutting the top of the plant and leaving the main stem and leaves.

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