Skullcap, Official (Scutellaria lateriflora) seeds, organic

(6 customer reviews)


Family:  Mint (Lamiacea)

Hardy to Zones 6 to 9

(Mad Dog Skullcap, Virginia Skullcap, Blue 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 likable 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
5 g contains ~ 12,500 seeds
10 g contains ~ 25,000 seeds
Certified Organically Grown

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  1. 4 out of 4 people found this helpful

    Hardy to Zone 3!


    The seed was planted in a starting mix and stayed in the root cellar (40F) for a couple months. It germinated well once placed on a heat mat (~75F) under LED lights. The seedlings were up-potted once and transplanted into the medicinal herb garden (sandy loam soil, 8 hrs full sun). This was several years ago. Being rated only to Zone 6, I half expected it to die out over the Zone 3 winter (-30F to -40F), but nope! I found it wandering through the Elecampane, Valerian, and Astragalus, where it has continued to wander about. I’ve transplanted some to another garden bed with Arnica chamissonis where they both continue to wander about under the Asparagus also planted there, creating a lovely understory/ground cover and providing a source of medicinal herbs. It may not be the most beautiful Scutellaria of the bunch, but it’s a hardy and persistent one that is constantly on the move!

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