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Skullcap

(Scutellaria lateriflora)

Other Common names:

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

Range:

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.

Habitat:

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

Parts Used:

Leaves

Uses:

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