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Scutellaria lateriflora - Blue skullcap

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Blue skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora

Blue skullcap, known commonly as Scutellaria lateriflora, mad dog skullcap,[1] and side-flowering skullcap, is a hardy perennial herb of the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to North America.

It has an upright habit, growing 60 to 80 centimeters in maximum height.[2] It is a wetland-loving species and grows near marshes, meadows, and other wet habitat. The blue flowers are just under a centimeter long.[2] Most of the flowers do not appear at the top of the main stem, but are produced along the length of side branches that grow from the leaf axils.


Scutellaria lateriflora is used in herbal medicine as a mild sedative and sleep promoter.[Clarifiation needed] Other skullcaps used for similar purposes include common skullcap (S. galericulata), western skullcap (S. canescens), and southern skullcap (S. cordifolia).

common name

  • English - Blue skullcap


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