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Artemisia dracunculus (Silky Wormwood, Tarragon)

Type: Species | Edit History      Plant ID - 35462

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Artemisia
Species: Artemisia dracunculus
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Plant Types edit
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Herb
  • Perennial
Zones / Hardiness edit
  • 4a (to -25 F / -32 C)
  • 4b (to -20 F / -29 C)
  • 5a (to -15 F / -26 C)
  • 5b (to -10 F / -23 C)
  • 6a (to -5 F / -21 C)
  • 6b (to 0 F / -18 C)
  • 7a (to 5 F / -15 C)
  • 7b (to 10 F / -12 C)
  • 8a (to 15 F / -9 C)
  • 8b (to 20 F / -7 C)
Height (Maximum) edit
  • 2 to 5 feet (60 cm to 1 1/2 m)
Spread (Maximum) edit
  • 2 to 5 feet (60 cm to 1 1/2 m)
Flowering Start edit
  • August
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Leaf Colour edit
  • Green - Medium
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  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
Soil Types edit
  • Well-drained
Soil pH edit
  • 6.0 - 6.4 (Slightly acidic)
  • 6.5 - 6.9 (Very slightly acidic)
  • 7.0 (Neutral)
  • 7.1 - 7.5 (Very slightly alkaline)
Bloom Colour edit
  • White
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  • Division
  • Stem Cutting
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Karrma (184) wrote on Jul 26 2011
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If you want to buy the French tarragon variety, just take a leaf and eat it. The French tarragon is a very strong refreshing anise flavor. It will only be in a plant form, not in a seed for general use. Pinch the tops off for cooking, and they will get bushier. Put the herb in at the end of cooking, to keep the flavor and color. The dried flavor is not nearly as good, but infusing vinegar with the end of my harvest tarragon is a heavenly scent holiday present to friends and family. It is one of the earlier perenials to come back in my herb garden.

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Other names for this plant:
Artemisia dracunculoides
Artemisia glauca
Oligosporus dracunculus

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