Dense, leafy foliage of Scutellaria lateriflora (Blue Skullcap) grown as LP50 landscaping plugs.

Scutellaria lateriflora (Blue Skullcap) Unity Grown

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Scutellaria lateriflora, commonly called blue skullcap or mad-dog skullcap, is a spreading native wildflower found throughout most of the contiguous US and Canada. Although the common name blue skullcap is self-explanatory, the common name of 'mad-dog skullcap' originates from the 18th century belief that the plant could be used to treat rabies. Although its true medicinal benefits are debated, there is some recognition of its potential use as a mild sedative and sleep aid.

Blue skullcap grows to a manageable height of only about two and a half feet, but as a mint relative, is capable of spreading via rhizomatic roots and runners. Scutellaria lateriflora has fragrant leaves and small blue flowers, blooming from mid-summer into fall, that resemble helmets or skullcaps of the middle ages, and its fragrant foliage makes it resistant to deer and rabbit browsing. Typically found wild in wetland areas and floodplains, blue skullcap does best in medium to wet soils, and works excellently planted near ponds or streams or in poorly draining parts of the home landscape.

Straight Species, Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet
Soil Type: Average and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Blue and Purple
Foliage color: Green and Silver/Green-silver/Green-gray
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, and Wet Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Wetland Restoration, Rain Garden, Pollinator Garden, Meadow, and Small Space

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