Is it French tarragon?

August 3, 2005

I purchased a plant labeled French tarragon, no latin name given. Research I've done provides conflicting info. Some places say it will not flower and produce seed and can only be grown from cuttings, other places say it will flower and grow from seed. Supposedly it is harder to come by than other herbs but the plant labeled French tarragon remains in stock at Fred Meyer in their garden center. What I have looks like pictures of French tarragon, it has a sort of licorice taste. How do I know if this is Artemisia dracanculus or something else? I'd thought that if it flowers it isn't the real thing, now I'm not so sure. Help?

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