- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 4 - 8
- Height: 16 inches
- Bloom Season: Late spring to late summer
- Bloom Color: Purple
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Well-drained soils; pH 6.0 - 7.2
- Temperature: 68F
- Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days, if no germ move to 24 - 39F
- Light Required: No
- Depth: Press into soil and barely cover
- Sowing Rate: 4 - 5 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 12 inches
Skullcap (Scutellaria Baicalensis Siberian Magic) - The herb garden has never had a more lovely perennial that can be grown from herb seeds! Skullcap is an attractive ornamental herb with erect stems of bluish-purple blooms that arrive in the latter part of spring. The Skullcap herb plant reaches about 14 inches in height and the same in width. It makes a great addition to the front of the herb garden and gives a lovely display! The herb is also known as Chinese Skullcap and Baical Skullcap.
Skullcap is used in Chinese herbalism. There have been many studies on the medicinal benefits of this herb. The Skullcap herb has been used for over 2000 years medicinally, and in recently years the root has been found to have a high flavonoid content. Flavenoids are natural plant chemicals that have numerous powerful and beneficial effects on the human body. Skullcap root is used to treat many conditions and is considered to have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties.
How To Grow Skullcap From Herb Seeds: Skullcap seeds can be started indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost, or directly start the herb seeds outdoors once danger of frost has passed. Skullcap herb plants prefer light, well-draining soil and a position in full sun to partial shade. After 3 - 4 years of growth, the Skullcap root can be harvested in the autumn and dried for later use.