Dracocephalum grandiflorum

dragon's head

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Outstanding Qualities

Dracocephalum grandiflorum is one of those perennials that really attracts the 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, blue flowers. It is excellent for edging, or to fill in the cracks of a rockery or rock garden. This plant is a reliable performer. Dracocephalum grandiflorum will bloom all summer goes well with Artemisia, Campanula 'Dickson's Gold', Eryngium and Erodium.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Seasonal Interest: summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, bronze, gold

Great Color Partners: blue, chartreuse, purple

Culture Notes
Dragon’s head prefers full sun with very well drained or sandy soil. It is quite drought tolerant once established and does not require additional summer watering during dry spells. Cut the old foliage back in late January or early February to make way for its lovely new growth.