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Tarragon French

Artemisia dracunculusSativa

Aromatic culinary herb with mint-anise flavour

This is a classic kitchen herb with narrow green leaves which have a distinctive anise flavour. Rarely produces yellow flowers.


Not a frost hardy herb so best in a sunny spot in a container, which can be protected from frost or in warmer parts of the country plant in a sheltered border or raised bed. Alternatively re-plant each year, still better value and more rewarding than the shop bought option.


Easy to grow in a well-drained soil. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Add the leaves to flavour stews, sauces, stuffing and salads. Particularly good with chicken, vegetables and fish dishes.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to September