1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

French tarragon

Artemsia dracanculus sativa

Zone 5 – 8
Mature Height:

Tangy anise-like flavor combines well with fish, chicken, eggs, leeks, and potatoes. Chefs’ favorite! Will grow in full sun or part shade.

Widely used as an herb in cooking, tarragon also has a medicinal history of use. The ancient Greeks chewed tarragon to treat toothaches because of its ability to numb the mouth. Also used as a digestive aid, a mild sedative, and as a heart disease prevention aid. It was used during the Middle Ages as an antidote for poisonous snakebites, but you should probably look for a more modern way to address this, should the need arise. Today it is used mainly in cooking but still has medicinal values when added to foods. It is great for the digestive system; it relieves stomach cramps and promotes the appetite.