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Skullcap, Baikal (Scutellaria baicalensis) potted plant, organic

(4 customer reviews)

$8.50$21.95

Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

(Skullcap, Baical; Huang-qin, Scute Root) Herbaceous perennial to 18 inches. 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.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

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  1. Lynn

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    Lynn (verified owner)

    I planted three small plants late last summer. They didn’t have enough time to get a great foothold, and I was worried that I had lost at least one of them over the winter. But all three are back and developing into nice, husky plants! Can’t wait to see the flowers, and use the roots after a couple more years. I’m in zone 5.5 in Pennsylvania, in a bit of a cool, very windy pocket in the highlands.

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    • Aurora

      What is the best skullcap to plant if I’m pushing the zone envelope on the hot end? I’m in a humid subtropical area, but at 3000 feet, so 10-15 degrees cooler than the coast. I’ve grown zone 9 plants, and am experimenting with a few zone 8s that tolerate high humidity. Sounds like the Baikal plant doesn’t need as much cold. If i’s drought tolerant, doe sthat mean it’s less tolerant of high humidity?

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    Svetlana Petrowizky

    Is it deer resistant?

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    Leisha

    It’s October! Will you have some more I stock soon? Thank you so much!

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    Melanie Brown

    Hello,
    I am in Massachusetts. Do you think this plant will do well planted in my garden in September? Or should I wait for seeds and grow next Spring?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Melanie,
      Generally fall planting of perennials is most successful, and indeed a desired practice, in zone 7 and up. If you’re in a colder zone than that, then yes, I think it would be better to start in the spring.
      Richo

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    Ted

    The skullcap basically potted plants:
    Please provide planting direction, such as…soil type, water/drainage needs, spacing/plant size and growth cycle. I live in zone 8b in SE Florida with wet humid summer and a dry winter

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Plant prefers sun and regular garden soils.  It is extremely drought-tolerant.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

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    • elaine reardon

      How large will they get” ( I wonder because of the 2 foot planting distance)

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hello Elaine,
      At first, these seem quite diminutive, but if they overwinter and establish, they can make a big spreading plant, as large as a Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis). Richo

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    • Kate Rossetto

      I thought that Scullcap could be used for pain?

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    • Richo Cech

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      There are many different species of skullcap and they are used differently in herbal therapy. You might be thinking of Scutellaria lateriflora

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    • Bonnie Levine

      Scutellaria Baicalensis, Chinese Skullcap’s pinyin name is Huang Qin. In our Chinese Medicine materia medica it is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral herb for upper body i.e. lung. I just moved to the Portland OR area and would like to grow it. my garden area gets great sun (when it is not raining here), no tree overhang. Please share information and whether best to buy in seed or already small plant. It’s early February and we’re still in mostly rain and just above freezing at night (40’s). Any suggestions appreciated and mature size, water needs, etc. does the plant winter over (perennial or annual) etc.Do you have a “store” and are you in Williams and
      do you have a catalogue? Thanks so much

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello there,
      We are a virtual store–you can buy things at http://www.strictlymedicinalseeds.com
      Feel free to request a paper catalog by using the catalog request link on our homepage.
      I suggest you start the plant from seeds–I’m behind on getting these going this year so you’ll have just as much time to start it as I will.
      The answers to all the rest of your questions are in the monograph, which I’ll paste here below.

      Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)

      Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

      (Skullcap, Baical; Huang-qin, Huang qin) Herbaceous perennial to 18 inches. 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.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

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    • Emme

      Hey Richo, thanks for everything. Curious if you think this will come in stock soon or if you’re being over run by requests due to the virus? Wondering what my odds are of getting plants this spring, but would understand if my odds are slim! Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Emme,
      I had trouble with the first planting of baical skullcap this year I think because I got the seeds too hot. The second planting was the same seed and germinated fine. I need to plant this again. I’ll enable it when I can.
      Richo

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    • Dejan Pljevljakusic

      Do you know if the seed needs a cold treatment to break the dormancy and if so, I would ask you for details.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      No, Unlike Scutellaria lateriflora, the S. baicalensis responds best to standard horticultural technique. I got 100% germ from last year’s seeds in 1 week under T-5 grow lights. r

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    • thenaekedgardener

      Hello!
      Will you be enabling seeds this year or, will you have some to offer later?……
      Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      yes, we will have them fairly soon, it is a good year on these. richo

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    • Elise Villemaire

      Is there any zone-extending techniques that could let me successfully plant this Chinese species in zone 9b very dry semi-coastal NorCal? I’d like both the S. lateriifola AND baicalensis for their differing superpowers! Perhaps more shaded for the zone 8 S. baicalensis? I think they both like it dry.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Elise, thanks for contacting. you’re right in that the upper limits of the zone designations are about heat tolerance more than overwintering. Baikal skullcap likes a dry, sunny exposure and i do think its well worth trying in your area. The official skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) likes shade and moist soils. Richo

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