Mexican Mint Marigold Scientific Name: tagetes lucida
History/species information: Also known as Mexican Tarragon. sweet marigold, Mexican marigold, pericon, sweet mace or and is often sold in grocery stores as winter tarragon or Texas tarragon.Used as a medicinal plant and as a culinary herb. Was used by the Aztecs in a ritual incense known as Yauhtli, as well as being dedicated to the rain god Tlāloc. Still in use today primarily as a tea to treat the common cold, intestinal gas and diarrhea.
Characteristics - Perennial. Semi-woody herb. Fragrant. Evergreen shrub with a rich, anise/licorice flavor. Small golden flowers in the fall, with shiny medium green leaves. The flowers are hermaphroditic (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. Flower: Yellow
Planting / Care: Full sun. Not salt tolerant. Fast growing. Once established, monthly to weekly watering depending on temperature and appearance. This plant can survive on low water but needs regular water to bloom. Attractive landscape ornamental often used in borders. Prune in mid-summer, trim to shape and reduce size if desired. Removing spent flowers quickly extends the blooming season.After four months of growth, secretions from the roots may have insecticidal properties in the soil against nematodes. Deer resistant.
Size and Spacing: 2 feet high x 2 feet wide
Wildlife: Attracts bees, butterflies, and pollinating insects. Not browsed by mammals. Known to repel some insect pests.