Dracocephalum parviflorum Nutt.
American Dragonhead is a native annual, biennial, or short-lived perennial herb. The plant is very fragrant. Solitary or clustered stems arise from a taproot and are 6 to 32 inches tall. Leaves are coarsely serrate and flowers are crowded in a dense terminal or auxiliary cluster. The fruits are nut lets American dragonhead flowers from June to August in the Intermountain region American dragonhead commonly grows on open, moist sites and in disturbed areas.. It occurs from 4,850 to 10,890 feet elevation in the Intermountain area.
The leaves have been used as a flavoring.
Succeeds in a sunny position in a fertile well-drained soil. It is useful for filling gaps in the summer border. Seed should be sown in early spring. Pinch back the shoot tips in May in order to encourage bushy growth.
Return to main plant page