Mexican Tarragon – Tagetes lucida
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Tagetes lucida?is a perennial plant native to Mexico and Central America. It is used as a medicinal plant and as a culinary herb. The leaves have a tarragon-like flavor, with hints of anise, and it has entered the nursery trade as a tarragon substitute.
Tagetes lucida?grows?46?76?cm tall. Depending?type, the plant may be fairly upright, while other forms appear bushy with many unbranching stems. The leaves are linear to oblong, about?7.6?cm long, and shiny medium green. In late summer it bears clusters of small golden yellow flower heads on the ends of the stems. The flower heads are about?1.3?cm across and have 3-5 golden-yellow ray florets. The flowers are hermaphroditic?and will attract?pollinating?insects.