Family Name: Compositae
Botanical Name(s): Artemisia Oracunculus
Popular Name(s): Little Dragon, Mugwort and Estragon
Parts Used: Dried aerial parts of the plant
Habitat: The plant is indigenous to Russia (Russian Tarragon)
Description: It grows to a height of about 2 feet and has long,
narrow leaves, which, unlike other members of its genus, are undivided.
The small flowers, in round heads, being yellow mingled with black, and
rarely fully open. The roots are long and fibrous, spreading by runners.
Uses: It is used to temper the coolness of other herbs in
salads. The leaves, which have a fragrant smell in addition to their
aromatic taste, make an excellent pickle. Fresh Tarragon possesses an
essential volatile oil, chemically identical with that of Anise, which
becomes lost in the dried herb. The root of Tarragon was formerly used
to cure toothache.