Moldavian Balm (Dracocephalum moldavica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Moldavian Balm
Dracocephalum moldavica

The plant contains an essential oil, this is a possible source of citral[240].

  • Medicinal Use

    The seeds are astringent, carminative and tonic[240]. They are used as a demulcent in the treatment of fevers[240].

    The plant is astringent, tonic and vulnerary[240].

  • Edible Use

    The lemon-scented leaves are used to make a tea[183].

    Young shoots[183]. No further details are given.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in situ. Pinch back the shoot tips in May in order to encourage bushy growth[200].
Succeeds in a sunny position in a fertile well-drained soil[200]. The plant is sometimes cultivated for its essential oil[266]. The plant is very fragrant[200], with both the leaves and the flowers emitting a most refreshing scent of lemons[245]. The flowers remain fragrant and fresh for several weeks[245]. It is a useful plant for filling gaps in the summer border[200].
E. Europe to E. Asia.

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