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Blue Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

Blue Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

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Handful of roots, enough to plant 8 square feet 

Blue Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is renowned for its medicinal properties and its efficacy as a ground cover. A member of the mint family, this hardy perennial is not only a valuable addition to any food forest but also a practical choice for herbal enthusiasts.

The root divisions of the Blue Skullcap offer an easy way to cultivate this plant, known for its capability to spread effortlessly, creating a dense and vibrant ground cover. The plant’s ability to integrate seamlessly into a food forest environment makes it an excellent choice for permaculture gardens, contributing to a balanced ecosystem while providing aesthetic value with its delicate blue flowers.

Medicinally, Scutellaria lateriflora has been used for its calming and nerve-soothing properties. It is often utilized in herbal medicine to aid in reducing anxiety, promoting relaxation, and supporting overall nervous system health. The versatility of its applications in various herbal formulations makes it a staple in the repertoire of natural health remedies.

With its relation to the mint family, the Blue Skullcap shares the characteristic ease of growth associated with mint plants. However, unlike some of its more invasive relatives, it tends to be more manageable and less aggressive in spreading, making it a suitable and non-intrusive addition to diverse garden settings.

The root divisions of Blue Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) are perfect for those seeking a plant that offers medicinal benefits, serves as an effective ground cover, and integrates well into food forest systems. Its ease of cultivation, coupled with its soothing herbal properties, makes it a valuable and multifaceted plant for both gardeners and herbalists alike.

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The Tree

Height at maturity:only a foot or so but spreads rapidly

Hardiness Zone:

Zone 3

Water Requirements:


Years to bear:



Shade-to full sun


Self Fertile


-Prefers rich moist soil

The Benefits

-Spreading ground Layer
-Medicinal Aerial parts, best used fresh in tincture

Additional info

-Can be grown as a ground cover
-Great for pollinators
-Lovely blue flowers