This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol4", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
This relative of the Southernwood and Wormwood is a native of Siberia. It is a perennial about 2 ft. high, with lance-shaped aromatic leaves and small whitish flowers in summer. It flourishes in any garden soil in warm sheltered spots. It is increased by division in spring, and by cuttings in summer, inserted in sandy soil in frames or sheltered and shady borders. Established plants will last for years with a little protection over the crowns in severe winters. The leaves and tops are used in soups and salads, pickled with gherkins, etc. They are also infused in vinegar to make Tarragon vinegar.
Fig. 517. - Tarragon (Artemisia Dracunculus).