Skullcap

Scutellaria laterifolia


A good herb for tea to relieve anxiety, stress and tension, this perennial with square stems and blue flowers is better grown in a pot due to its spreading nature. 9x9cm pot (8cm depth)
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9x9cm pot (8cm depth)

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Only 9 plants left

Description

  • Easy to grow
  • Dries well for winter use
  • Bee herb
  • Relaxing properties

Originally native to North America, it was formerly used for hysteria and anxiety and is now more commonly used along with valerian root to help with insomnia. The tubular blue flowers that appear in summer along the length of the stems are visited by long-tonged bees.

Plant care

  • Height: 30-60cm
  • Type: Hardy
  • Aspect: Sun
  • Soil: Any/alkaline
  • Flower colour: Blue
  • Flowering period: June - September

Skullcap is comparable to mint with its range of spread and so if you don’t want a massive patch of it in the garden, confine it to a pot. It prefers a sunny spot and reasonably well drained soil and the whole stems complete with leaves and flowers are harvested and dried in late summer, after this there may be a little bit of growth again, but skullcap dies right down during the winter and emerges again the following spring.

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