Skullcap, Official (Scutellaria lateriflora) seeds, organic

$4.95

Family:  Mint (Lamiacea)

Hardy to Zones 6 to 9

(Mad Dog Skullcap, Virginia Skullcap) Herbaceous perennial native to the US. Plant prefers part shade to full sun and rich, moist soils.  Traditional usage: TWM, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression. The plant itself is likeable and unassuming, with a multi-stemmed, upright habit, reddish stems and blue flowers protruding sideways at the axils (thus lateriflora, which is very often and incorrectly called “laterifolia” in the herb industry). Plant prefers fertile, moist soil, part shade to full sun.  Sow seed in garden in cool soils of fall or early spring, or give 30 days moist refrigeration by mixing with peat moss, coir or sand in a plastic bag or glass jar in the fridge.  Then, sow in warm soil.  Germ in 30 days.  Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart.  Flowers blue/purple to 3 feet tall.

Packet contains 50 seeds
1 g contains ~2,500 seeds

Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Jennan

    Hi! I live in central Texas, in zone 8b. What times of year can this be seeded? I’m thinking I’m too late for a 2020 harvest, but wanted to check. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Jennan,
      I can’t imagine why you’d be late for a 2020 harvest when its still 2019. Standard horticultural technique with skullcap seed is always going to give some results although you can optimize by sowing in cold soil or refrigerator stratification.
      Richo

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    • Michael Darst

      So these seeds have not been stratified?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Michael,
      These are dried seeds from the current harvest. They are not stratified. There is still plenty of time to start skullcap from seed at this time of year, and we do have plenty of plants in stock as well.
      Richo

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    • Michael Darst

      After germinating dozens of different type seeds this year with great success, stratified these seeds attempted germination. Out of 50 seeds I had 1 germinate on the 6th day, and that is all for my efforts.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Michael,
      Well, it really doesn’t work to say that because one species germinated for you another one should germinate for you. Every species requires its own separate set of conditions to germinate. I, too, have had trouble trying to pre-chill seeds and get good results out of them. Sometimes I think it works better to just plant them and let nature take its course. In any case you have a couple of options. 1) try again, at least negative results (in a scientific sense) are good information to use. 2) get plants from us. We have lots of really nice Skullcap, and even if the tops die in transit, they still make great plants in good time from very solid rhizomatous roots. richo

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  2. Question

    Lynn

    When is the plant ready to harvest. Is it ok to make tea from fresh leaves Instead of dried. How tall does it get? Will it grow well indoors during cold months. Read that if the plant was contaminated from a certain plant, don’t remember name, that it could cause liver toxicity. I trust your company so I know your plants are pure but do you know if that’s the only cases of liver problems is from a plant that was crossed with that certain plant. . Thank you..

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Lynn.
      Thanks for contacting. The methods for preparing Scutellaria lateriflora are available in my book “Making Plant Medicine” and are a bit much for an e-mail. Basically the fresh plant tincture seems to be the most reliable. There used to be a concern for Teucrium contamination in dried herb from Europe. Since its an american herb buying directly from an american producer makes sense. Richo

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  3. Question

    Karen Bush (verified owner)

    Hello. I’m reading the description of Scutellaria lateriflora and cannot find out what TWM stands for. A google search yields nothing relevant. Can you please tell me?

    https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/skullcap-official-scutellaria-lateriflora-packet-of-100-seeds-organic/

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      TWM stands for Traditional Western Medicine as opposed to TCM which is Traditional Chinese MEdicine.

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  4. Question

    Tom Cramer (verified owner)

    is the 1 Gram amount available in the Skullcap seed? and if so when and what is the price- thanks tom

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      1 gram sales were discontinued due to low stock–we are down to packets.

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    • Nancy

      is the medicinal properties in the root as in other skullcaps or in the flower?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Nancy,
      Herbalists use the entire fresh plant without the root. You can find a great recipe for fresh skullcap tincture in my book “Making Plant Medicine.”
      Richo

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