Pericón (Tagetes lucida), also known as Mexican Tarragon or Mint Marigold is a traditional plant native to Mexico and Central America. Its color yield is a light to deep gold and the plant is strongly aromatic of anise. Pericón is a perennial and used medicinally, in cooking, and as a dye. The entire plant is used in dyeing and it may be used fresh or dried. Pericón is part of the traditional dye plant palette of the Zapotec people in Oaxaca, Mexico. Our friend, Porfirio Gutierrez, is profiled in this 2017 New York Times article on natural dyes and indigenous practices in Oaxaca, and there’s a lovely photo of him carrying loads of fresh pericón on his back.
We are fortunate to receive a shipment of dried pericón from an organically certified cooperative in Texas.
Please note: This batch is bundled and roughly chopped, so break it into smaller pieces to simmer it and extract the color. The pericón will be wrapped in brown kraft paper until we find suitable packaging.
You may use from 30-100% of pericon on the wof to create a beautiful gold shade. This is also a good base for additional color overdyes.
Each package is approximately 100 grams. Due to the rather bulky nature of this dye, it’s a little difficult to measure and you will receive at least 100 grams of the product.
We are unable to ship this product internationally.
From Turkey Red Journal:
Pericón, which was translated as “wild marigold.” It is a popular source of yellow dye in Mexico. Pericón produces a range of colors, from light, buttery yellow to deep, brownish gold, depending on the fiber and the ratio of dye material to fiber. The entire plant–flowers, leaves, and stems–is traditionally used.
Also called Mexican Mint Marigold, Pericón is an easy to grow perennial with many uses. It is an ancient culinary, medicinal, and ceremonial herb, as well as being a beneficial plant to have in the garden. The leaves have a strong anise or licorice flavor and are a good substitute for tarragon. The Aztecs used it to flavor cacao. Pericón tea is a remedy in Latin America for a wide variety of ailments including gastrointestinal issues, depression and anxiety, and the common cold. It has a rich history as a sacred herb known for its protective and cleansing properties as well as its ability to stimulate visions. The bright golden flowers that appear in the fall have ornamental value and attract pollinators. Tagetes lucida, like other marigolds, is a good companion plant as it repels unwanted nematodes and insects. It can be cut back in the winter to return again in the spring.