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About This Plant...
Family: Compositae
Genus and species: Artemisia dracunculus
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 24-36 inches high; 24 inches wide
Location and soil: sun or partial shade; rich, well-drained soil; tolerates dry soil; will grow indoors
Uses: fresh or dried leaves in soups, stews, and sauces; meat, fish, and egg recipes; salads and vegetables; flavoring for vinegar
Propagation methods: seeds and cuttings
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: not recommended (seeds from French tarragon are not viable; available seeds are from Russian tarragon which is not the plant used for culinary purposes)
When to transplant to garden:
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors:
Other Sowing Guidelines...
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Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 24 inches
Spacing between rows: 24 inches
Growing On...
Diseases: mildew, root rot
Harvest: pick fresh leaves just as flowers begin to emerge; for drying, place leaves on wire racks in a warm, airy place and store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: flowers rarely open fully, and are usually sterile

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