|Texas Tarragon Even Works Inside!|
Her question was did I think she could grow Mexican or Texas tarragon in Florida. I did give her a positive response, but I thought I would give the Florida herb gardeners a bit more information. From the University of Florida extension here is a publication called Herbs in the Florida Garden. It gives a good overall view of herbs that fare well in the Florida heat and humidity and says that tarragon struggles. So here is Texas or Mexican tarragon (Tagetes lucida), a link from Bonnie Plants that gives some good information on the growing aspects of this licorice flavored herb. Also it has a flower similar to the flowers of a 'Lemon Gem' marigold. And I will add that for us Pennsylvania herb gardeners, it definitely is an annual, but it survives through the heat and humidity.
I asked The Herbal Husband when I was going away in November to cut it back and bring the branches in so they could dry inside. But bless his heart, he dug up the entire plant and brought it in. I have tried to minimize his plant work inside, but he just falls in love, herbally speaking, for all of the herbs we grow especially the annuals and wants them to get through the winter with us.
It really isn't winter in the 'Burgh at the moment. We are supposed to be in the 50's all week! What? I still like winter and as I have mentioned it is good for the plants to have that break in the season. I am afraid we may lose a few more plants than normal. I am reminded that it is National Hot Tea Month. So with that in mind, I may work on a few herbal tea blends for the next post. Hope you are having a great day wherever you may be. Talk to you soon.