Moldavian dragonhead - Dracocephalum moldavica

Kasia-D

Munich, Germany

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Dracocephalum moldavica or Moldavian dragonhead. Each tiny flower is about 1.5 – 2 cm (0.5 – 0.8 in) in height.

I was surprised how little I found in English about this pretty but also useful plant. In German there is a lot more information.

This beautiful annual herb contains essential oils and can be used not only medicinally but also as a decoration on food, or in iced drinks or teas. And much more.

Google translation of an excerpt from the German Wikipedia page (, corrected/edited by me):
“Shoots and leaves are harvested when in full flower. At this time, the essential oils content is at its highest. The herb is dried and can be used for medicinal purposes or flavoring.

The essential oils are beneficial for the digestion and act as a mild spasmolytic on the stomach and intestines… – citral (30%), geranyl acetate (45%), geraniol (11%), neryl acetate (3%) and citral B (0.4%). In the food industry, it serves as a flavoring for teas, soft drinks and spirits.

The Moldavian dragonhead is also a favourite with bees as each flower produces nectar with a sugar content of 0.1 to 0.8 mg within 24 hours. With maximum possible honey yields per flowering season of 650 kg per hectare cultivated area, the dragon’s head exceeds well-known good foliage plants such as the phacelia or oilseed rape still significantly."

Nikon D7200, Sigma 50 mm macro lens.
Location: My balcony, Munich, Germany.

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