Skullcap, Baical (Scutellaria baicalensis)
(Baical Skullcap, Huang-qin)
Herbaceous perennial to 12 inches. Fully frost hardy. Native to Mongolia, Siberia and China. Plant prefers full sun and dryish soils. The display of blue, dolphin-like flowers on this bedding plant is really breathtaking, and they are a magnet for hummingbird moths. I've found the root, used fresh or dried, to be one of the best agents to take internally when travelling in areas of poor water or where there is dysentery or presence of communicable diseases. It is a well-respected herb in the Chinese pharmacopoeia, used as an antiviral and antibacterial, also with tranquilizing and fever-reducing effects. The orange-ish yellow roots are very powerful. These are a specialty of the house. They may take a year to really kick-in, but they re-emerge in the spring with vigor and rarely fail to please. Give full sun, poor, sandy and dryish soils.
Feel free to order this plant at any time, but please be aware that we SHIP PLANTS APRIL 1 to AUGUST 1 AND SEPTEMBER1 to DEC 1 only. Orders received outside these months will be automatically backordered. If you are ordering plants out of season, you may wish to order them separately from your seeds, in order to streamline the process.
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