The popular and sought after French Tarragon cannot be cultivated from seed, but this cousin called Russian tarragon, can be. Its mild anise flavor can be used as an ingredient in dressing or the leaves may be mixed into salads. Traditionally, Russian tarragon has been used medicinally for regulating insulin and lowering blood sugar, cleansing the blood, treating headaches and dizziness, and acting as a mild sedative.
Start the seed indoors about a month before the last frost, thinly sowing on the surface of a flat; keep the temperature at 65-70 degrees F and away from direct sunlight until germination. When there is no chance of frost, transplant the seedlings 24-30" apart. Tarragon grows best in dry or well drained soil and full sun or light shade. Direct sowing is possible but somewhat difficult because of the extremely tiny seed. This herb attracts butterflies and bees, as well as repelling harmful insects and deer.
Perennial. 85 days. Zone 4-9. 36-48" height. 24-30" spacing. Produces narrow, pale green leaves and inconspicuous grayish green flowers.