Mad Dog Skullcap - Scutellaria lateriflora
Regular price $6.00
Mad-dog Skullcap is a mint-family perennial plant with toothed, opposite leaves and a square stem, which is typically hairless. It blooms small, trumpet-shaped flowers, varying in color from pale blue to lavender or even white, from July through September. The flowers attract native bees. This lovely plant thrives in wet-to-moist conditions and is rhizomatous but not aggressively so. The common name of “skullcap” is a reference to the cap shape of the flower and seed capsules, which slightly resemble helmets worn by military during the Middle Ages. "Mad-dog" is a reference to the belief that this plant had properties that could cure rabies, which has been disproven.
- Hardiness Zones: 3-9
- Native Region: USDA Plant Database
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
- Flower Color: Blue
- Bloom Time: July - September
- Soil Type: Moist to wet
- Mature Plant Size: 2' Height, 1-1.5' Width
- Plant Spacing: 1'
- Host Plant:
- Attracts: Bees
- Advantages: Medicinal
- Landscape Uses: Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade
- Companion Plants: Joe Pye Weed, Blue Wild Indigo, Milkweeds