Skullcap Seeds, Official Scutellaria lateriflora, Mad Dog Skullcap, Medicinal Herb, Perennial, Quaker Bonnet, Madweed
14 Seeds Per Order
Skullcap, Official (Scutellaria lateriflora) seed, organic
(Official Skullcap, Mad Dog Skullcap, often termed Scutellaria laterifolia which is not correct)
Hardiness: to -15 degrees F
Short-lived herbaceous perennial. Native to the US. Nervine tonic. Tea or tincture will sedate and bring the shaky crazies back to earth. Herb is not much used outside North America. Very popular around here, though. Plant prefers fertile, moist soil, part shade to full sun. Thin to 6 inches. Flowers blue to 2 feet tall.
Effective, reliable remedy for headache and neuralgia. Good sedative for insomnia, restlessness, hysteria and convulsions.
Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 3-8)
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall
Ease of Germination: Easy
A tea made from this herb is excellent for preventing nightmares and as a restorative after spiritual or magical assault or recovery from exorcism or other trials. In some traditional medicines, skullcap is combined with vervain. I would recommend this combination as a restorative for any spiritual work. Although this is a mint, which is often of Venus, mad-dog skullcap, because of its effectiveness on the nervous system, is of Mercury. In Hoodoo, skullcap is used in charms for faithfulness (consider it also, then, for honoring Hera) and for attracting gifts of money. A nice herb to grow that does not call attention to itself of yell "witch!" in your garden but still has excellent magical uses.
The tea is drunk as a nervine and sedative, calming anxiety and relieving stress. This magic herb can grow all over North America. Like most mints, it favors water and can grow in swampy areas--or find it a place beneath your garden hose faucet, where it can make use of the drippings. This bitter mint has been used to ease the anxiety of withdrawing from addictive substances, for migraine, PMS, difficult sleep, and grief. Good tea for workaholics at the end of the day, for restoring health after a bout with the flu, for people recovering from stroke, for folks in the aftermath of a seizure, or for those who have endured a spiritual or magical assault. Typical amount used for a tea is 1/2-1 teaspoon in one cup of boiling water, allowed to steep for 15 minutes; then drink 1/2-1 cup. Or make a traditional tincture of 1 part herb to 5 parts brandy; a dose is then 30-50 drops in water. An excellent addition to dream teas or against nightmares. Nice to combine with hops, passionflower, and/or wild lettuce for insomnia, with vervain for anxiety, and passionflower for hyperactivity or with valerian (although skullcap does not leave a hangover as valerian can). Some people smoke this, but I am not sure how that would affect anything. Rarely grazed on by mammals or fowl, but ring-necked pheasant like the seeds. Called "mad-dog" because it was once a treatment for rabies. Also known as Quaker Bonnet, Madweed.
How to grow Mad-Dog Skullcap. This seed need cold stratification to germinate. You can do this by wetting and wringing out a paper towel, sprinkle the seeds on it, fold closed and press gently, put in a thin plastic baggie and leave the top open. Then put that in either the fridge for 3 months or more dependably, outdoors in a protected area, like a shed or an unheated garage. Check in spring for germination and then shift seeds into seed-starting soil. Mad-dog skullcap gets 6-26"/15-90cm tall. Space 15"/38cm apart. Likes wet areas and can grow in full sun or up to 70% shade. It's a perennial and can grow from deeply cold zone 3 to hot zone 9. For greatest potency, harvest the flowering tops in their third summer and dry for later use. The flowers are quite small, something like those of hyssop.
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