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Estragon Artemisia dracunculus

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ar-tem-EE-zee-ah dra-KUN-koo-lus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Fragrant, herbaceous perennial; leaves silvery-green, alternate, finely divided into blunt, narrow segments with silvery hairs on both sides; flowers small, drooping, greenish-yellow

Uses include sauces, salads, soups, omelets, meat, vegetable, and fish dishes

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sativa'
    French Tarragon – more pungent anise-like flavor, rarely flowers
'Sativa'
Tags:
#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sativa'
    French Tarragon – more pungent anise-like flavor, rarely flowers
'Sativa'
Tags:
#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Artemisia
    Species:
    dracunculus
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Culinary herb
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Temp. Northern Hemisphere to Trop, Mountains
    Edibility:
    Leaves, flowers, and stems; anise flavor in some cultivars
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Perennial
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Flower Description:
    Small and drooping
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    silvery-green, alternate, finely divided into blunt, narrow segments with silvery hairs on both sides
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    ONLY TOXIC IN LARGE QUANTITIES – In the form of absinthe, an outlawed beverage, it can cause forgetfulness, delirium, mild vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and brain damage
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    A monoterpene thujone
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems