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Tarragon Tarragon

Tarragon is another essential herb for the culinary herb garden. It is a hardy perennial and therefore easy to maintain once it is established. It is a native of southern Europe, but will thrive in the right position in the British climate.

Tarragon has a long history, and was once believed to be a cure for the bites of dragons and serpents. In fact the word dracanculus is Latin for “little dragon”

Growing Tarragon

Tarragon should be planted in well-drained soil and in full sun where possible, although it will also cope with partial shade.

Whilst Tarragon is hardy it may not cope with the harshest of the British climate, and so from autumn onwards it is well worth protecting with some horticultural fleece, straw or deep mulch around the plant.

Dead stems should be cut back when the plant is dormant.


Tarragon is typically propagated by taking root cuttings in Autumn, or by division.

Tarragon Varieties

There are two main types of Tarragon commonly available; French Tarragon, and Russian Tarragon. Russian Tarragon is the more hardy of the two, so in the far north this may well be the best bet, however French Tarragon is considered far superior for culinary use, and for most parts of Britain I highly recommend you select this variety.

Using Tarragon

Tarragon is one of the best culinary herbs to grow. Its flavour is lost quickly so add towards the end of cooking… this is a key ingredient in béarnaise sauce.

Phyl @ The Allotment Gardener

Lifelong gardener and allotment enthusiast. Now have 3 allotments!

Website: allotment.uk.com

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