Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mexican Mint Marigold

This plant is also known by Marigold Mint, Spanish Tarragon, Texas Tarragon, Sweet Mace, Yerbis Anis, Pericón and Tagetes lucida.

A lovely plant and it is loaded with benefits. First, let's look at the characteristics that make this plant what it is. Many use it as flavoring herb and for making a tea. In northern states an annual and in the south a delicate perennial. Will grow to a height of 18 to 36 inches which is 45 to 90 centimeters. When transplanting, space approximately 10 to 18 inches or 25 to 45 centimeters apart.

It is a favorite to butterflies, birds and bees when it blooms its bright yellow blooms in late summer to early fall and gets full sun.

The mint plant is considered tolerant to drought but to establish needs a steady watering but don't over-water. Experts claim will grow best in USDA hardy zones of 8a to 11. The pH of the soil favors 6.1 which is slightly acidic to a mildly alkaline pH of 7.8

Here is what many are saying about this useful flower:

From Florida, they planted it in the butterfly garden which is in full sun, sandy soil and hot location. With the heat and humidity there the plant did very well.

From Austin Texas, they claim it performs in well-drained soil and bright sun and easy to grow if in the ground. The plant in a pot needs more watering though. Outside the plant dies but will return in the spring.

From the state of Washington said the plant has a strong licorice scent and the tea from it will end hangover symptoms, upset stomach and has relaxing powers.

A California person says they only grow to about 10 inches for them. So they grow many plants at a time so they can use in the kitchen substituting for tarragon and use the leaves with clams and white wine.

Collect the seeds and clean them properly to be stored for one method of propagation. You can also multiple by dividing the root ball or just simple layering.

Jim has been a organic gardener and a herb grower for many years. All articles are written from life experiences or research. Visit his blog at my garden pictures or by going directly to Mexican marigold.

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