Traditional and commonly used culinary herb. Will thrive in free draining and frost free sunny conditions. In the kitchen, it is simply fantastic when added to egg, chicken or fish dishes.
Latin Name: Artemisia dracunculus (French Tarragon)
Soil Type: Free draining
Where should I plant this variety? Full sun
How tall does it grow? Approx 80cm
How much space does it need? Approx 40cm
When does it flower? Flowers irregularly, but does develop yellow flowers.
Top care tips: Must be protected from frost. Free draining soil is important.
French Tarragon will always be one of our best selling herbs and also one of our favourites to use in the kitchen. ‘Artemisia dracunculus’ might sound like the name of a James Bond villain, but it is also delicious and versatile with a strong aniseed flavour that I could just eat all day.
Ideally French Tarragon will enjoy being grown in free draining and sunny conditions. We don’t have a space in our garden that is free draining enough so we keep our Tarragon in a planter. It is frost tender so will require protection during a ‘normal’ British winter. It cannot be grown from seed and is instead propagated from cuttings.
Really important to note that this plant is different and distinctive to Russian Tarragon, which lacks the flavour associated with this variety. Annoyingly Russian Tarragon is much easier to grow - why is that always the case!?
Tarragon is a supremely popular herb. It is one that we find is called for in recipes a lot and you rarely seem to have access to it when you need it! It is traditionally used as a seasoning with chicken or fish dishes but we have recently seen it used as a flavouring in salad dressing and it blew our minds. The flavour of homegrown French Tarragon tends to take many by surprise so be aware, less can be more!
Delivery options explained
Pre-order delivery option
From January to March, customers are able to pre-order herbs for delivery later in spring, to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. We begin dispatch of pre-orders from late March, once all items in your order are available for dispatch in one delivery, as some varieties will be available a little later in the year than others. You will receive notification when this dispatch takes place along with tracking information but if you would like an estimated delivery date after placing your pre-order, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Order Now delivery option
From late March to autumn, herbs will be available for immediate dispatch subject to their availability. We dispatch our fresh potted herbs Monday-Wednesday each week to avoid postal delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all fresh herb orders in less than seven days, i.e. an order placed Thursday-Sunday would likely be dispatched the following Monday/Tuesday. Orders placed Monday-Tuesday we would aim to dispatch by the Wednesday of that week. We do not dispatch on bank holidays.
If you have a specific dispatch date that you would like us to aim towards, please do not hesitate to let us know. We can't guarantee a particular date but will strive to do our best for you.
All orders are dispatched via a next day courier, ensuring that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health. For customers in the Highlands and Channel Islands this is a 48-hour delivery service. (From 2021 onwards we are unable to ship to Northern Ireland.)
Please note that we do not offer a collection service. Our site is not suitable to receive visitors and this is a rule that we have to apply universally out of respect to our neighbours and family.
We aim to reuse packaging as much as possible. Your herbs will be delivered in taupe recyclable pots. We are moving over to using plastic blister cell packaging which contains at least 90% recycled content and is itself 100% recyclable. These things are important to you and are important to us.
Occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control, problems can arise. If you are not satisfied in the condition of your plants upon reaching you, please contact us as soon as possible providing pictures so that we can deal with your enquiry and feedback to our courier service. We will endeavour to ensure a resolution is reached that leaves you satisfied.