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Northern Dragonhead

Dracocephalum ruyschiana
SKU: HC017447
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
No longer available this season.
The periwinkle flowers of Northern Dragonhead (Dracocephalum ruyschiana) are just as fascinating to pollinators as they are to gardeners! Two-lipped tubular blooms resembling dragon heads appear in late spring, sure to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects. Narrow lance-shaped leaves are lightly aromatic. With a bushy and compact yet loose habit, this deer-resistant plant is an excellent choice for the front of garden borders, or trailing along walls in full sun locations.
key features
Botanical Name
Dracocephalum ruyschiana
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Groundcover, Naturalizes, Fragrant, Mass Plantings, Rock Gardens
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
6-12" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer


24” tall x 12-18” wide. Northern Dragonhead (Dracocephalum ruyschiana) is a bushy perennial that enjoys a full-sun site with some shelter from afternoon rays in hot climates. Each flower resembles a gaping dragon’s head – hence Northern Dragonhead’s common name! Though tolerant of drier soils, Northern Dragonhead appreciates regular watering and will do its best in well-draining but moisture retentive soil with average-to-good fertility. After the plant blooms, trim back by a third to encourage a tidy habit and fresh new foliage. A good choice along sunny walls or pathways, Northern Dragonhead is rarely severely damaged by browsing deer.

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