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Dragon’s Head: Blooms Are A Real Eye Catcher In Your Garden

Dragon’s Head: Blooms Are A Real Eye Catcher In Your Garden

Dragon's HeadDracocephalum grandiflorum, or more commonly called Dragon’s Head is one of those perennials that will really catch your eye. This plant is valued for its compact habit and long season of bloom. Dragon’s Head forms a vigorous clump of dark green leaves, topped by spikes of striking, snap dragon like, beautiful blue flowers.  It will grow to be about 7 inches tall at maturity with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

Dragon’s Head features beautiful spikes of violet hooded flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring.  It bears gorgeous, short racemes of hooded deep blue flowers (typically 1 inch in length) with darker blue spots on the lower lip.  It bears gorgeous, short racemes of hooded deep blue flowers (typically 1 inch in length) with darker blue spots on the lower lip. Its narrow dark green leaves are simple and opposite; they remain forest green in color throughout the season. The fruit is ornamentally insignificant.

How To Make Your Dragon’s Head Thrive

Dragon’s head prefers full sun with well drained or sandy soil. Cut the old foliage back in late January or early February to make way for its lovely new growth.  This perennial prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to become totally dry. It is not particular as to soil type, or pH. It is even somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

General Dragon’s Head Information

Pests And Diseases

This is a very hardy little plant (not significant diseases or pests) that is a bee favorite.

Propagation

Easily done by division.

Garden Uses

It is an excellent plant for edging, to fill in the cracks of a rockery, or in containers. Dragon’s Head is a reliable performer and will bloom all summer.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Spreading perennial
  • Plant Height: 12 inches
  • Plant Width/Spread: 12 inches
  • Bloom Period: Mid-summer
  • Foliage Type: Deciduous
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 to 8
  • Flower Color: Blue
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Water Requirements: Moderate, drought tolerant once established
  • Propagation: Division
  • Seasonal Interest: Summer flowers
  • Attracts: Bees

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for letting me about this, I’m always interested in more blue flowers.

  2. I am also a fan of blue flowers…this might be a plant to try in one of the more sheltered areas of my garden. We can sometimes push zone 4 here with protection. I love the idea that it attracts bees.

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