Artemisia dracunculus (French Tarragon)

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Plant Overview

French Tarragon, valued for adding a distinctive flavour to salads, chicken and fish dishes. Prefers a sunny spot in well-drained soil and is very happy in containers.

Called dracunculus by the Romans because the roots supposedly looked like little dragons. Pilgrims put tarragon leaves in their shoes before setting off on their journey as they were thought to relieve fatigue. 

This culinary herb has been used in Britain since 1548 and was said to be able to cure the bite of dragons. Traditionally it was used as a treatment for stings and the bites of venomous creatures.

Native Americans would rub tarragon on their clothing as they believed it had the power to attract love and affection. 

Said not to be fully hardy in the UK, but we have grown it for several years without trouble here in Bucks. If in doubt, grow in a container and move into a cold frame or similar over winter.

Height and Spread: 30cm x 30cm

Common name(s): Tarragon, French Tarragon, Little Dragon, Fuzzy Weed, Dragon Mugwort.




All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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