Tagetes lucida (Mexican Tarragon)

Leaves & Flowers, Whole from Mexico (SKU 3660)

Excellent quality whole leaves and flowers of Mexican Tarragon from Mexico. 

Tagetes Lucida or Mexican Tarragon, Compositae (Sunflower family), is an attractive landscape ornamental, a beautiful, bright green perennial herb. Mexican tarragon is originally from Guatemala and the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It is a half-hardy semi-woody sub-shrub that grows 50-100 cm tall. The plant is bushy with many smooth, upright, unbranched stems. The leaves are linear to oblong, about 7 cm long, and shiny medium green, not blue-green as in real French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus). In late summer Mexican tarragon bears clusters of small yellow flower heads on the ends of the stems. The flower heads are about a half inch across and have 3-5 golden-yellow ray florets. They continue to bloom late into autumn.

Bruised leaves have and intoxicating, sweet Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), and Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculis)-like smell with overtones of Anise (anisum vulgaris) with a hint of floral. Tagetes lucida is amongst the most sweetly-scented of all flowers.

Tagetes lucida offers a new dimension of relaxation to aromatherapy. The aroma clears thinking, relieves tension, aids emotional control. The dried plant can also be burnt as an incense and used to repel insects.

This natural product is delivered with no expressed or implied fitness for any specific purpose. It is simply a raw botanical specimen. The product is packaged as botanical specimen and is not intended, branded, labelled, or marketed as a consumer product.

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