A beautiful aromatic herb! Sweet Mace (Tagetes lucida) has a pleasant licorice-anise flavor and is a good substitute for French tarragon, which can be difficult to grow. Plants grow 12- to 24-inches tall and have dark-green, glossy leaves with small, bright orange flowers. Also known as Spanish Tarragon or Mexican Mint Marigold. (Perennial, 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-feet 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.