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Dracocephalum moldavica - L.

Common Name Moldavian Balm, Moldavian dragonhead
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry hills, stony riverbanks and valleys at elevations from 200 - 2,700 metres in western China.
Range E. Europe to E. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Dracocephalum moldavica Moldavian Balm, Moldavian dragonhead


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Dracocephalum moldavica Moldavian Balm, Moldavian dragonhead
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Dracocephalum moldavica is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
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. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Shoots
Edible Uses: Tea

The lemon-scented leaves are used to make a tea[183]. Young shoots[183]. No further details are given.

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Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Carminative  Tonic  Vulnerary

The seeds are astringent, carminative and tonic[240]. They are used as a demulcent in the treatment of fevers[240]. The plant is astringent, tonic and vulnerary[240].

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Other Uses

Essential

The plant contains an essential oil, this is a possible source of citral[240].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in a fertile well-drained soil[200]. The plant is sometimes cultivated for its essential oil[266]. The plant is very fragrant[200], with both the leaves and the flowers emitting a most refreshing scent of lemons[245]. The flowers remain fragrant and fresh for several weeks[245]. It is a useful plant for filling gaps in the summer border[200].

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Propagation

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

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Found In

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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 parviflorumAmerican DragonheadAnnual/Biennial1.0 6-9  LMHSNM11 

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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