Skullcap

(Scutellaria lateriflora)

Other Names:
Blue Skullcap, Hoodwort, Virginian Skullcap, Mad-dog Skullcap

Range:

Family:
Lamiaceae - Mint Family

Growth Type:
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.

Height:
2 to 3 feet tall

Leaves:
Alternately arranged serrated to toothed leaves.

Stem/Trunk:
Single, erect, square, stem

Root:
Not observed

Flower Season:
Summer

Flower Appearance:
Multiple small blue flowers borne in clusters along small flower stems

Seed/Fruit:
Not observed

Miscellaneous characteristics:
N/A

Habitat:
Marshes, meadows, and other wet areas

Parts Used:
text

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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