Moldavian Balm ‘Maldavian Dragonhead’ (Dracocephalum moldavica)

Moldavian Balm ‘Maldavian Dragonhead’ (Dracocephalum moldavica)

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Moldavian Balm, also known as Maldavian Dragonhead, is an annual herb of the Lamiaceae family, related to Mint and Beautyberry. Native to temperate areas of Asia and Eurasia, the erect, multi-stemmed minty-lemon plant contains ribbed, pleasant scented leaves which can be dried into a tea, used as a spice, or employed for their citrusy essential oil. Their attractive blue-purple summer flowers grow in rows up the plant’s stem and have a similarity to Lemon Balm, bringing all the bees to the yard! Seeds can be used for their astringent properties and have been used in traditional medicine for aiding in fever. 

This easy maintenance Moldavian Balm can be easily grown in containers or in a sunny to partially shady place and enjoys arid moisture. Harvest yourself a refreshing Moldavian Balm tea, or add it to your lemonade!

Common Names: 

Moldavian Balm, Maldavian Dragonhead, melissa moldavica, moldávicatorongil de turquía, mélisse de moldaviethé des jardinstête de dragon, moldawien–drachenkopfmoldawische melissetürkisch boalsentürkische melisse


Native to:

Temperate Asia and Eurasia

Traditional Uses:
Culinary, Folk Medicine, Essential Oil

Plant Type:

Annual Herb


Harvest Season:

Flowers in Summer


Mature Size:

1-2 ft. tall


Soil & Moisture:

Rich, moist, well-draining soil.

Light Requirements:

Full Sun, Part Shade


Self-Fertile: 

Yes


Growth Rate: 

Fast


Zone Hardiness: 

Outdoors 6-9; Patio/Greenhouse 4+ 


Propagation:
Our Moldavian Balm is grown from seed and is capable of harvest within an annual growing season.

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