Skullcap, Baical (Scutellaria baicalensis), packet of 30 seeds, organic

(8 customer reviews)

$4.95

Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

(Skullcap, Baical; Huang-qin) Herbaceous perennial. Native to the shores of Lake Baikal, Mongolia, Siberia, and the Chihli and Shantung provinces of China. The purple flowers are like schools of dolphin breaking through green waves in a summer sea. The part used in traditional Chinese medicine is the dried root.  Traditional usage (TCM): antiallergic, diuretic, hypotensive, antibacterial, antiviral, tranquilizing and fever-reducing, commonly used for treatment of dysentery, hepatitis, staph.  Source of flavones baicalin and wogonin.  This is one of the best Chinese plants to grow organically in America. Not only is it a very striking bedding plant, bearing one of the nicest flowers available from this catalog, but there is on-going demand for the root, which attains harvestable size after only 2 years. Plant prefers sun and regular garden soils.  It is extremely drought-tolerant.  Sow seed in early spring. Germ. in ~24 days. Space plants 12 inches apart. Flowers to 12 inches tall. As the plants age they become wider, much like humans in middle age, but unlike humans, the seed they produce becomes increasingly viable the older they get.
30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Dara Douell (verified owner)

    HI. Would this grow well in the same bed as dan shen? I notice dan shen would appreciate compost, but how about baical skullcap? Dara

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Dara, The baical skullcap is taprooted and likes a dryer site with deep, very fast-draining soils. richo

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    • Dana

      Hi, was wondering if it is too late to start seeds for the Baical Skullcap, it is the beginning of July? I am zone 6 in Missouri. Thanks!
      Dana

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      hi Dana,
      It is never too late to start herbaceous perennials from seed. It does depend on your facilities, though. If you’re trying to direct-seed in the garden, then sure, wait to plant until next spring. But if you’re planting in a pot in the greenhouse, then start now, to get the plants sized up as quickly as possible. BTW do not delay to buy any baical skullcap you can find, anywhere, there is a severe world shortage on this, and whatever we list sells out quickly. Richo

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  2. Question

    meganmatthers

    how long does germ typically take when started in flats in controlled temps? Just curious because I planted some older (2018) seeds and I’m unsure if they will go, its been just over 10 days

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    • Diana

      Diana

      Hi Megan,
      Thanks for staying in touch. Germination can be iffy on this one. I started a ton of seed under lights and very few of them germinated. Then I started a packet under normal greenhouse conditions and all of them came up. Maybe avoid too much heat on this one, if ny experiences mean anything. 10 days seems abut right for germination. Could be a bit faster or a bit slower depending on conditions. We think of “skullcap” as a plant that is rhizomatous, likes shade, rich soils and moisture. But Baical Skullcap is TAPROOTED, likes sun, sandy soils, and drought.
      Richo

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    Bradford

    What zones are these plants viable in? Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      If you click on the photo it will bring you to the monograph that gives the info you are seeking Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)

      Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

      (Skullcap, Baical; Huang-qin) Herbaceous perennial. Native to the shores of Lake Baikal, Mongolia, Siberia, and the Chihli and Shantung provinces of China. The purple flowers are like schools of dolphin breaking through green waves in a summer sea. The part used in traditional Chinese medicine is the dried root.  Traditional usage (TCM): antiallergic, diuretic, hypotensive, antibacterial, antiviral, tranquilizing and fever-reducing, commonly used for treatment of dysentery, hepatitis, staph.  Source of flavones baicalin and wogonin.  This is one of the best Chinese plants to grow organically in America. Not only is it a very striking bedding plant, bearing one of the nicest flowers available from this catalog, but there is on-going demand for the root, which attains harvestable size after only 2 years. Plant prefers sun and regular garden soils.  It is extremely drought-tolerant.  Sow seed in early spring. Germ. in ~24 days. Space plants 12 inches apart. Flowers to 12 inches tall. As the plants age they become wider, much like humans in middle age, but unlike humans, the seed they produce becomes increasingly viable the older they get.

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  4. Question

    David

    I have no experience in gardening, but if I plant this in the wild will it grow without assistance and last multiple seasons? Is it invasive? Also I live in central Massachusetts.

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hi David, No, it won’t work to try to do that. richo

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    • jay

      Will the Skullcap, Baical; Huang-qi grow in rainy seattle weather or can I grow this indoor?

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      hi Jay, Baical Skullcap can be grown in pots and tends to stay sized to the pot. it can flower when fairly small. I would give this a tentative yes, only because the plant does indeed seem happier when in the garden. Seattle rain is lovely, it will not harm baical skullcap. richo

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  5. One person found this helpful
    BA

    BA (verified owner)

    Did an experiment and started one package of Biacal in starter trays and later one package sown directly into garden…BOTH exceeded my expectations on germination and growth! Many thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      good work!

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    Kristen

    I forgot to rate it, meant to give it 5 stars!

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  7. One person found this helpful
    Kristen

    Kristen

    To add to your info about germination, I ordered these seeds from you last year, & had no trouble with them germinating straight in the garden. Not only that, but they self-sowed quite vigorously & instead of planting more seeds this year I was able to transplant at least 20 plants. Some survived, some didn’t, but I was so impressed (and super excited) about them self-sowing.
    It’s a beautiful plant & my kids love that the flowers smell like grape candy.
    I’m looking forward to learning more about this plant.

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    Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    Germination Note:  I tested commercial seed I got from China against our organic seed and the chinese seed gave 30% germ and the organic seed gave 95% germ.  The organic seed came up in 10 days and the commercial seed came up in 12 days.  The organic seed was more vigorous than the commercial seed.  RAC

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    • Priya

      Hello, im planning to buy seeds to grow in pots at home in illinois. Does anyone know if they would survive if i bring them inside and how to care about during winters

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hi there,
      We planted a number of these in Elgin outdoors and they survived the winter, so you wouldn’t have to bring them indoors.
      Richo

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    • Jennifer

      I am live in northern Ga and I would love to plant these. Will they work in my Zone? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, these are very adaptive plants and are really lovely.
      Richo

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