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(Scutellaria lateriflora)

Other Common names:

Blue Skullcap, Hoodwort, Virginian Skullcap, Mad-dog Skullcap


Identifying characteristics:

A member of the mint family, this perennial herbaceous plant can grow up to 36" tall. The toothed, ovate to lanceolate leaves are arranged opposite.


Rich woods, moist thickets, near marshes. Quite common throughout its range.

Parts Used:



Wild Food Uses:

None known

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Medicinal Uses:

Used as a mild sedative, and to calm and soothe frazzled nerves. Has also been shown effective as a muscle relaxer.

Medicinal Actions:

Antispasmodic, Nervine, Sedative

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Revised: 05/11/16 Living Afield