Tarragon, French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

Norman A. Plate
Quick facts and care essentials

A perennial with narrow, anise-flavored leaves of shiny dark green, tarragon dies to the ground in winter but returns the following spring. Plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall; space them 2 feet apart. French tarragon can only be grown from divisions or cuttings. Seed-grown plants belong to a different variety and are inferior in flavor.


  • Perennial 
  • Zones 3-24, 29-41 
  •  Full sun 
  •  Occasional water
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