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French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus sativa)

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Ships April to May 2024
Item #:
Ships April to May 2024
Herbs & Edibles


Hardy perennial herb
  Grown for edible, aromatic foliage
Habit:  Forms a clump to 2 feet tall and with a similar width.
Culture:  Prefers full sun and well-drained, moderately rich soil
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 6
Origin:  Europe, Asia
Attributes:  Drought tolerant, Deer resistant

French Tarragon was Thomas Jefferson's favorite herb.  He made several inquiries to locate it in 1806, and was sent a shipment of roots by Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon on April 30th of that year.  The species Artemisia dracunculus was in American gardens before the Revolution.  While this may have been the inferior Russian Tarragon, which has no culinary use, the type sold here is the selected, sterile clone so essential in French cuisine.  It is used in Bearnaise sauce, vinegars, and in fish and chicken dishes.  Like other wormwoods, French Tarragon has a stimulating effect on the whole digestive system.

French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus sativa) arrives in a 4" pot.

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