Organic Herb: Dragon’s Head. Dracocephalum moldavica.
A hardy annual herb. Dragon’s head grows to around 30-40cms in height. It is traditionally used to make a herbal tea.
How to grow:
Start off under cover in March/April and plant out when large enough. You can direct sow into a nice bed outside from April/May, as ever it depends on the year we’re having. This is a plant which grows naturally from Iran to Russia so it grows in a wide range of conditions. As with most plants, a well drained, nutritious soil that never entirely dries out is perfect. Flowers July and August and you can save the seed for next year.
Not really any problems, just as with any young plants keep slugs off. Not frost hardy.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Used as a fresh or dried herb in teas, as a garnish in soups, stews, salads and fish dishes. Its flowers and leaves can be pressed for oil. Can be dried for use in winter.
Its oil is extracted in India to this day and used medicinally.
Avg contents: 125 seeds.