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Scientific Name: Scuttellaria lateriflora
Alternative Names: Mad Dog Skullcap

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Scuttellaria lateriflora
Scuttellaria lateriflora


  • Perennial
  • Virginian skullcap is native to N America.
  • It is a hardy perennial with slender rhizomes and thin ovate-lanceolate, toothed leaves and can grow up to 75cm tall.
  • In summer it bears numerous bluish or violet flowers in one-sided, mostly axillary racemes.
  • It likes damp conditions in sun or partial shade.
  • Cut back to 10cm of the base in early spring and pinch out in spring, to encourage bushy growth.
  • Seeds can be sown in autumn and the plants can be divided in autumn and spring.

Parts Used

  • Plants are cut when flowering for use in infusions and tictures.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Bitter herb that relaxes spasms, lowers fever and stimulates the kidneys.
  • Internally for nervous and convulsive complains, insomnia, tension headaches, nervous exhaustion, irritability, delirium tremens, neuralgia and withdrawal from barbiturates and tranquilizes.
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