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Tagetes 'Mexican Mint Marigold'
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ZONE: 8 - 11
EXPOSURE: Full Sun
SIZE: 24"H x 15"S
BLOOM: Bright Yellow, Late Summer
POT SIZE: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.

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Tagetes lucida


Tagetes, Mexican Mint Marigold, has the sweetness of licorice. A culinary herb that mimics the taste of French Tarragon, it Tagetes looks beautiful as a garnish or can be brewed into tea and used to season fish, butter, cheese and eggs. The flowers and leaves are the edible parts of this pretty herb and are often used to brew flavorful teas.

Tagetes isn't just a showy aromatic herb, it also packs a potent medicinal punch. Used historically to cure digestive problems when made into a mild tea, Tagetes is also reputed to revitalize the body from a hangover. When brewed into a stronger tea, Tagetes produces a state of euphoria and was mixed with a form of wild tobacco by Huichol Indians to create a psychotropic result. Also of great religious importance, the Aztecs once used Tagetes to make ritualistic incense used in sacred ceremonies. Presently, modern medicine has shown that when combined with UV rays, Tagetes may have a hindering effect on E.coli and Staph cultures.

Tagetes lucida is handsome in the garden and may be cut for use all summer and fall. Even if left untrimmed, the leaves remain usable and fresh throughout the growing season. Not only is this tender perennial compact and easy to maintain it also provides flower in fall, enhances many dishes, makes a lovely tea and perfumes and brightens floral arrangements.
It flowers only where winter comes very late. The flowers are small, single, gold daisy-shaped flowers that taste like licorice.

Try planting Tagetes near Pineapple Sage or Hidcote Lavender for a beautifully aromatic garden combination that butterflies, bees and birds will love!








Features
Zones: 8 - 11

Size: 24"H x 15"S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: Bright Yellow, Late Summer

Uses: Tagetes has a a flavorful, anise taste and makes a great substitute for French Tarragon. Try it in eggs, fish and sauces for a great licorice like flavor! Tagetes is also historically medicinally important for being a remedy for digestive troubles, colic, and malaria.

Tips: Plant Tagetes near a walkway so when people pass by, the sweet scent of licorice is released!

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

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Tagetes - a tarragon that grows well in hot climat May 31, 2017
Reviewer: M Bennett from lubbock, TX United States  
I was so happy to find this herb. Growing up in France, I fell in love with Tarragon. However, Tarragon doesn't grow well in West Texas. Tagetes can withstand the hot, desert sun and still thrive. Taste is so very close to french tarragon too. Love this herb. It's become a kitchen staple. Exceptional on eggs, try it sometime.

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