Mexican Mint, Mexican Tarragon (Tagetes lucida) - 50 Seeds

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Mexican Mint (Tagetes lucida) - 50 Seeds

•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly

Description:
This compact perennial looks similar to marigolds, but is often listed as a substitute for French tarragon. It is easy and provides great fall colored yellow flowers. The leaves have a fragrance similar to anise or licorice. This native to Mexico and Southwest US is drought and heat tolerant. Blooming in summer to late fall, it is excellent for attracting migrating butterflies. Traditionally, the leaves were an important flavoring for chocolatl, the foamy, stimulating cocoa drink of the ancient Aztecs.

Medicinal Properties:
Medicinal uses include treatment for an upset stomach, for stimulating the appetite, as a diuretic and stimulating beverage. There are reports from various parts of Mexico and the southern United States of message-carrying long-distance runners using especially strong mint marigold tea to give them strength and stamina; the robust tea acting similar to the caffeine in strong coffee.

Growing Instructions:
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow seeds 1/8" deep in soil mix 6-8 weeks before the last frost. When the seedlings are several inches tall, pinch back tips to promote branching and to prevent plant lodging, or falling over in the wind. Repeat pinching after two weeks. Harden off before planting outside, after the last frost.
Direct seed: After the last frost, sow 1/4" deep. Thin and pinch back when the true leaves appear. Space 8-12" apart in rows 18" apart.

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 5-15 days
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Requires average to good, well-drained soil. Over-fertilization will result in lush, weakly flavored vegetative growth with few flowers.
PLANT HEIGHT: 16-20".
PLANT SPACING: 8-12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 8-11.
HARVEST: Leaves may be harvested throughout the growing season and used fresh or dried. Plants may be dug in the fall in areas colder than Zone 8, brought inside as houseplants, and replanted outside the following spring.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tagetes lucida

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