Herb, Sweet Mace
- Annual or perennial in zones 8-11
- Plants grow to 12-24 inches tall
- Glossy green leaves
- Orange, anise-scented flowers
(Tagetes lucida) (aka Spanish Tarragon, Mexican Mint Marigold) Beautiful glossy leaves with small anise-scented golden flowers. The darling of many renowned Southwestern chefs, some even make a pesto from it! Plants grow 12-24" tall. Perennial in zones 8-11.
Learn to Grow it
Start Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost
Direct Seed: 1" Deep
Germination: 7-14 Days
Light: Full Sun - Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.
Sweet Mace should be sown indoors in soil trays or pots 6-8 weeks before the last frost in the spring. You can sow the seeds about 1/8 of an inch under the surface of the soil and they will germinate in 4-10 days. It can also be directly sown in your garden after the last frost of the season. You can transplant your seedlings outdoors after there is no longer a chance of frost. Plant them in full sun and thin the seedlings to 8-12 inches apart.