Skullcap Seeds - Scutellaria Lateriflora - Medicinal Herb: Sedating / Relaxing
Quantity: 50+ Seeds
Skullcap, or Scutellaria Lateriflora, is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It’s a hardy perennial down to zone 4, but can be grown as an annual just about everywhere else. This herb has a long standing medicinal history, and has most commonly been used as a nervine tonic. It has calming, sedative, and muscle relaxing effects, and may be used as a treatment for insomnia and anxiety. Side effects have been reported for larger doses like giddiness, stupor, and confusion. Because it makes such a relaxing tea, it pairs wonderfully with chamomile and valerian. The plant puts out many flowers throughout the summer, and makes an excellent food source for pollinators. Because it’s such an effective attractant for pollinators, planting skullcap in or around the vegetable garden will increase the biodiversity of insects, hence greatly aiding in pest control.
All seeds are organic and open pollinated.
Seeds may be started in pots 6-8 weeks before last frost for best results. Otherwise, plants can be stratified one the fridge for 2-4 weeks in the fridge to speed up germination. They can sown without stratification, but it takes much longer, and germination rate will be very low. Seeds are best sown on the surface or 1/8 inch beneath the soils surface. Once transplanted and established, These plants will live for many years assuming you live in zone 4 or warmer. Plants don’t require much once established other than water and mulch. These plants are vigorous, and just a few of them can provide you with a full winter supply of tea. This plant prefers to grow in full sun, and soil that drains free from water. The plants are tolerant of deer, pest, drought, and flood.