Skullcap, Barbat (Scutellaria barbata), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Hardy to Zones 7 to 10
(Barbat Skullcap, Ban-zhi-lian) Herbaceous perennial to 18 inches. Native to southeastern China. Flowers large and blue/purple. Traditional usage (TCM): clears heat, infection, tumors, hepatitis. Plant prefers part shade to sun, moist soils. Barely cover seed with soil and tamp securely, then keep evenly moist and warm until germination, which is rapid. Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart
30 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown
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Which skullcap would you recommend for dryer conditions? The plants will be on a drip, so I can make sure they receive plenty of water–I’m looking to find the species that will best help me conserve resources. I am in zone 10a, so am thinking of either helmet skullcap or barbed skullcap–but perhaps official might work here (many plants zoned for zone 9 do).
PS. I have been encouraged by some reports that all the skullcap species may be interchangeable, despite the very separate streams of Baikal (for root) and official (for leaf). I’ve heard that concentrations of baicalin may be even higher in official skullcap root, and likely to be in other species as well. Fascinating stuff. Thank you for giving us options!
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Richo Cech –
Hi Laura, Thanks for writing. Fascinating stuff. In answer to your simplest question, Scutellaria baicalensis is the most dry-loving of the skullcaps. I have seen it thrive with no summer water. Barbata and lateriflora are both water-loving. if you have them on drip that’s sufficient. Part shade is also a good call. Plants are complex bundles of chemistry and even though there may be shared compounds it makes sense to look at the traditional uses and differentiate them that way. Huang-qin (Scutellaria baicalensis) is my favorite due to the prevalence of infectious disease out there, it distinguishes itself. There will be much more on this in Volume 2 of GPM. Stay tuned. Richo
Kerri Mae –
Just to know, this one self-seeds in my gardens every year in WI, it’s been 7+ years since I planted it and I still have it.
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Great germination rate, packing is great and fresh seeds, I haven’t found a website with the quality, prices, and abundance of medicinal plants. Yall are definitely my go to now
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