Sweet Mace/Mexican Tarragon

Tagetes lucida

With their unusual anise/French tarragon-like flavour, the leaves of sweet mace are dried and ground into a powder and used for flavouring soups and sauces. Considered an important flavouring of ‘chocolatl’ – the foaming cocoa-based drink of the Aztecs, which is still a very popular drink in Latin America. Sweet mace is a marigold with tiny bright orange flowers, which makes it an attractive addition to the herb garden.

Water: Adaptable

Hardiness: Frost Hardy


Habit: Perennial growing to 3' tall

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Any soil

Origin: Mexico to Guatemala

Sweet Mace/Mexican Tarragon