Dracocephalum moldavica

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Moldavian dragonhead
Dracocephalum moldavica Sturm - detail.jpg
Dracocephalum moldavica, figure from Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen by Johann Georg Sturm (1796)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Dracocephalum
Species: D. moldavica
Binomial name
Dracocephalum moldavica

Dracocephalum moldavica (Moldavian dragonhead)[2] is an annual herbaceous plant. The first formal botanical description of D. moldavica was by Linnaeus in Species Plantarum 2:595. 1753.[2]


Although there is no precise accounting of its native range, Dracocephalum moldavica is known to be native to the temperate climate of Asia; in China (Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Xinjiang and Shanxi provinces); Russia (Primorsky Krai; eastern and western Siberia); Tajikistan; and Turkmenistan.[2] It has become naturalized in many locales in Eurasia, and is also cultivated elsewhere as a garden ornamental.[2]

Dracocephalum moldavica is an introduced plant to diverse parts of the United States, and is now present in Connecticut, Nebraska, Vermont, and Wisconsin.[3]


  1. ^ "BioLib Online Library of Biological Books". 
  2. ^ a b c d e GRIN (May 29, 2007). "Dracocephalum moldavica information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Profile for Dracocephalum moldavica (Moldavian dragonhead)". PLANTS Database. USDA, NRCS. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 

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