Showy, scented blossoms give this herb a coveted place in our gardens! You’ll catch wafts of licorice-anise from the orange flowers of Sweet Mace (Tagetes lucida). These smaller plants grow 12-24 in. high and are easier to grow than French tarragon, which has a similar flavor. Perennial in zones 8-11.
Each packet contains approximately 250 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Easy to grow plants thrive in areas with well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Start indoors in late winter — 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date — and transplant outside once temperatures have warmed. Space 2 to 3 ft. apart in prepared garden beds and mulch well to discourage weeds and maintain moisture levels. Grows well in containers too!
Begin harvesting leaves 6 to 8 weeks after transplanting outside. For best flavor, harvest in the morning when aromatic oils are at their flavorful peak. Leaves are best when used fresh but may be dried and stored. To dry, tie cuttings in small bundles and hang upside down in a well-ventilated, dark room. When completely dry, remove the leaves from all stems and keep whole for storage. Crush or grind just before use.