Native to Central America, Mexico, Tagetes lucida (Mexican Tarragon) is a small shrub that grows 2-5 feet tall and wide. It's a great choice for warmer climates, as it doesn't perform well in cold weather or temperatures below 15 degrees F. The plant usually grows best in full sun, though it can tolerate semi-shade conditions. It needs regular watering in order to thrive and will produce yellow and orange flowers during its blooming season. The flowers are highly fragrant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.
Tagetes lucida has ethnomedical uses. It is used as an herbal remedy, a spice, and herb. In Mexico, Tagetes lucida is a common ingredient in herbal teas and is used to treat various ailments, such as digestive and immune system disorders.
Tagetes lucida is an ideal plant for USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11, and easy to cultivate as it requires minimal maintenance and fertilizer. In pots, it should be grown in a well-draining soil mix with 6-8 hours of sun per day. When growing Tagetes lucida in cold regions, you may want to bring the pot indoors or place it in a sheltered area during the winter months. Make sure to place the pot in a sunny spot and water regularly, to keep the soil moist but not overly wet. Lastly, mulch your plant to keep the soil temperature and moisture levels consistent. With proper care, Tagetes lucida will add vibrant colors and a pleasant fragrance to your garden year-round.