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Dracocephalum parviflorum - Nutt.

Common Name American Dragonhead
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry, rocky or gravelly calcareous soils, often in recent clearings[43].
Range N. America - Quebec and Ontario to Alaska, New York, Iowa, Missouri and Arizona.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Dracocephalum parviflorum American Dragonhead


Al Schneider @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Dracocephalum parviflorum American Dragonhead
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 114.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Dracocephalum parviflorum is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Moldavica parviflora. (Nutt.)Britton.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses: Condiment

Seed[105, 161, 177, 257]. No more details. The leaves have been used as a flavouring[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Febrifuge  Ophthalmic

The plant has been used to treat diarrhoea in children[257]. The leaves are febrifuge and ophthalmic[257]. A cold compound infusion has been used in the treatment of fevers and headaches[257]. Externally, it has been used as an eyewash[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in a fertile well-drained soil[200]. The plant is very fragrant[200]. It is useful for filling gaps in the summer border[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in situ. Pinch back the shoot tips in May in order to encourage bushy growth[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Dracocephalum heterophyllum Perennial0.3 6-9  LMHSNM10 
Dracocephalum moldavicaMoldavian Balm, Moldavian dragonheadAnnual0.3 6-9  LMHSNM112

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

Nutt.

Botanical References

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