Artemisia dracunculus

Estragon    Tarragon   Estragón  Estragon

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneoustarragon

Soil :Fertile, well drained soil.

Position : A sunny spot near the back or edge of a garden bed, because tarragon is a lanky plant.

Frost tolerant : A cold-hardy perennial, tarragon can survive temperatures to -20F (-30C).


Helps: Most vegetables, but especially eggplant
Helped by:
Thyme and other low, mound-forming herbs.



Sow and Plant :Set out a purchased plant in late spring. The best strain, called French tarragon, is propagated exclusively by rooting cuttings. At maturity, tarragon will need a 3-foot (90 cm) square space.

Germination:  days

Spacing :Single Plants: 1′ 3″ (40cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 3″ (40cm) with 1′ 7″ (50cm) row gap

Feeding : Not usually required.

Harvesting :Gather stem tips as you need them in the kitchen. Tarragon can be dried, or you can use fresh tarragon to make flavored vinegars.

Time to harvest: days

Troubleshooting :

Notes : Its scent is disliked by most pests, and this plant is also thought to have Nurse Plant properties, enhancing the growth and flavor of crops grown with it.
Tarragon covers itself with yellow-orange blossoms in late summer.