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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)

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

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

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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Positive

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

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

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.