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PlantFiles: Virginia Skullcap
Scutellaria lateriflora

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Scutellaria (skew-teh-LARE-ee) (Info)
Species: lateriflora (la-ter-uh-FLOR-uh) (Info)

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

17 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lilithu On Mar 15, 2011, Lilithu from Springfield, TN wrote:

I've started the seeds inside - it's been 7 days & nothing yet & there seems to be a variety of opinion as to when they 'sprout'.

*Well they finally sprouted another week later & slowly but surely - coming along nicely. I've always had a fascination with Skullcap & treat it like a special child!

*Folklore states it can be used to deepen the meditative state (when burned as an incense) & is used for love, peace & ensuring fidelity!

Positive pbtxlady On Nov 27, 2007, pbtxlady from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very sweet little blue flowers. I have not found it to be hardy in the Dallas area (zone 8a).

Positive welshherblady On Oct 20, 2002, welshherblady from Isle of Anglesey,North Wales
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A non-descript bushy plant with small attractive blue*hooded* flowers.The plant is a herb with sedative and tonic properties.Also used in*smoking* herbal tobacco mixes.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ceres, California
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Valencia, Pennsylvania
Garland, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Wytheville, Virginia

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