Skullcap, Official - Mad Dog (Scutellaria lateriflora) -50 Seeds

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Skullcap, Official (Scutellaria lateriflora) - 50 Seeds

•Also known as Mad Dog or Virginia Skullcap
•Heirloom
•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•USDA zones: 5-9
•Perennial

Description:
Discovered by ancient herbalists, this native perennial is highly valued for its medicinal benefits. These tiny, bud-like flowers bloom in pale blue, purple, or white. This species in particular was once used as a treatment for rabies, thus the name. The reference to a "skullcap" can be explained by the resemblance of part of each blossom to a close-fitting cap. Hummingbirds and bumblebees absolutely love this plant.


Medicinal Properties:
It has been used for more than 200 years as a mild relaxant and as a therapy for anxiety, nervous tension, and convulsions. Studies show skullcap has significant antioxidant effects, and may help protect against neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, anxiety, and depression.


Planting Instructions:
Direct sow in late fall, pressing into the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Keep the soil consistently moist until germination, which is notoriously slow and irregular. Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. This plant adapts well to either dry or moist soil, and also tolerates sandy and clay soils. Though drought tolerant, it prefers moist soil and will benefit from watering in especially dry weather. For extended blooming, deadhead blossoms. This plant attracts hummingbirds and bumblebees.


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