Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    SALE   Mad-dog Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
    Mint Family
    Small, pale blue flowers arch of the sides of the stem of this curiously named skullcap. Once (falsely) believed to cure rabies, it is now an important species used in herbal medicine for a variety of remedies. Its loose, sprawling habit is better suited for naturalizing, woodland, or an informal garden setting. Prefers moist soils in full to part sun. Dies back to the ground overwinter. Is not an overly aggressive spreader like other members of the mint family.
    Blooms: Lavender, 4-6 weeks, July-Oct.
    Leaves: 2-3”, ovate, toothed
    Height: 1-2’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-wet
    Exposure: Full sun-light shade 
    Fauna:  Bumblebees, some small butterflies and bees, favorite of skullcap skeletonizer moth
    Seeds: Interesting–dried upper calyx functions like a lid that pops off when 2-4 dark brown, round nutlets are dry
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC Native, common in all parts of NC
    Provenance: North Carolina ecotype, seed grown