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Mexican Mint Marigold

July 11, 2022 Back to Picks >

Herb Picks featured for 2022 are especially associated with Madalene Hill, who either discovered the specific herb and introduced it into the marketplace or because it has been named in her honor.  Every year, these herbs are found scattered throughout Arbor Gate gardens, and especially in The Madalene Hill Herb Garden located at the Herb House entry.

Tagetes Lucida – This now-familiar herb was brought to Madalene in the early 1960s by a woman from Mexico who said she used it to make tea for when “you are worried”.  In researching the herb, Madalene found how similar it was to tarragon in scent and flavor,  so mint marigold came into use for Madalene’s cooking school.  In addition to its tarragon-like flavor, Mexican Mint Marigold is a reliably hardy perennial beauty in the garden, bursting into intense yellow blooms when the Fall season approaches, becoming dormant during Winter, then emerging with great enthusiasm when Spring arrives once again.