Dracocephalum parviflorum

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Dragonhead mint
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Dracocephalum parviflorum[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Dracocephalum
Species: D. parviflorum
Binomial name
Dracocephalum parviflorum
  • Ruyschiana parviflora (Nutt.) House
  • Dracocephalum parviflorum var. chelonicum Lunell

Dracocephalum parviflorum, known as dragonhead mint or American dragonhead, is a wild North American mint growing across much of the United States (especially in the Great Lakes region and in the deserts and mountains of the West), as well as much of Canada and Alaska.[2][3] It grows as either an annual or biennial, producing clusters of small pink to violet flowers in whorls at the ends of many branching stems. The seeds are very small (about 2 mm), dark, and high in oil content, about 20%.

A recent study suggests that this mint may have application as a commercial birdseed crop in Alaska.[4]


  1. ^ Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 114.
  2. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program, 2013 county distribution map
  4. ^ Dragonhead mint (Dracocephalum parviflorum Nutt.) as a potential agronomic crop for Alaska, 2006. Bob Van Veldhuizen and Charlie Knight.