Artemisia dracunculus

Names

Names

Scientific: Artemisia dracunculus

English: Tarragon

Portuguese: Estragão

Origins

Origins

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: South Europe to West Asia

Life Cycle: Perennial (but in Portugal is vivacious)

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameArtemisia dracunculus
English NameTarragon, Russian Tarragon
Portuguese NameEstragão
German NameEstragon, Russischer Estragon, Dragon
FamilyAsteraceae
OriginSouth Europe to West Asia.
HabitatDried meadows, on roadsides and fields.
Life CyclePerennial (but in Portugal is vivacious)
Preferences CultivationSun exposure. Preferably rich, moist and well-drained soils. In early spring the plants should be cut close to the ground.
Method of propagationThe species rarely produces fertile seeds so it is preferable to propagate by root division (spring or autumn). Sowing from late winter to early summer.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from June to August. H: 0,5 m, ᴓ 0,3 m
Description of smells and flavorsPungent and anise aroma.
Properties MedicinalAnti-diabetic, antifungal, toxicological, anti-thrombosis, antimicrobial, sedative, antiscorbutic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, toothache, stomachic and stimulates the digestive system, it is also appetizer.
Properties EdibilityFlavoring meals with chicken, fish, rice, salad and eggs. As a Tee, take a container with water to heat, thereby that the first bubbles appear, add 3g of plant per liter of water.
Properties OtherNone
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsSide effects: skin contact may cause dermatitis and other allergic reactions.
Pests and diseases & how to fight themSusceptible to root rot in moist soils, mainly if it is planted in poorly drained soils.
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: leaves and stems.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Repels insects.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThe ancients Greeks used this species to treat toothache.

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