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Common Name: Moldavian Balm
Dracocephalum moldavica is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.25 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Europe to E. Asia.
Dry hills, stony riverbanks and valleys at elevations from 200 - 2,700 metres in western China.
Succeeds in a sunny position in a fertile well-drained soil[
The plant is sometimes cultivated for its essential oil[
The plant is very fragrant[
], with both the leaves and the flowers emitting a most refreshing scent of lemons[
]. The flowers remain fragrant and fresh for several weeks[
]. It is a useful plant for filling gaps in the summer border[
The lemon-scented leaves are used to make a tea[
]. No further details are given.
The seeds are astringent, carminative and tonic[
]. They are used as a demulcent in the treatment of fevers[
The plant is astringent, tonic and vulnerary[
The plant contains an essential oil, this is a possible source of citral[
Seed - sow early spring in situ. Pinch back the shoot tips in May in order to encourage bushy growth[