| Dragon herb
|Mature height:||60cm (2ft)|
|Mature spread:||30cm (1ft)|
|Growing plant spacing:||40cm (15in)|
Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is a perennial herb in the family :Category:Asteraceae|Asteraceae]]. It is native to a wide area of the Northern Hemisphere from easternmost Europe across central and eastern Asia to India, western North America, and south to northern Mexico.
|Plant (from pot-grown)|
Choose a well-drained site in a sunny position.
An average household should only require one plant so growing from a shop-bought cutting rather than raising from seed is more cost-effective. Only Russian tarragon can be grown from seed, French tarragon must be raised from a cutting.
Harvest leaves as required from June.
Tarragon will keep growing for years once established, however it is advisable to divide and replant old stock every two or three years. Dig up the plant in spring divide by hand (do not cut the underground runners). Replant 5-8cm (2-3in) deep and 40cm (15in) apart.
Cut fresh tarragon and pack into ice cube trays and store in a freezer. Use cubes as required for a year-round supply.
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