from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of American herbs and dwarf shrubs of the mind family; the dragonheads.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of labiate plants, of about 30 species, natives of the Mediterranean region and temperate Asia, with a single species indigenous to North America.
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- n. genus of American herbs and dwarf shrubs of the mind family: dragonheads
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Dracocephalum heterophyllum could prevent the acute highland-reaction, serve as blood circulation promoter, and also as a stasis reliever.
Very often the leaves are produced in a spiral line round the stem, as in a specimen of _Dracocephalum speciosum_ described and figured by C. Morren.
With other species I have limited myself to four successive years with the same negative result, as with spinage, the Moldavian dragon-head, (_Dracocephalum moldavicum_), and two species of corn catch-fly (_Silene conica_ and _S. conoidea_).
It bears a considerable affinity to the _Dracocephalum virginianum_, to which, though a much rarer plant, it is inferior in point of beauty; it spreads more on the ground, its flowering stems are not altogether so upright, nor so tall, the leaves are broader, and the flowers in the spikes less numerous.
About the year 1786, we received from Philadelphia, seeds of a plant collected at a considerable distance from that city, announced to us as new and rare, and which produced the present species of _Dracocephalum_: