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EDIS Update: Skullcap

Baikal skullcap cultivated in a MREC greenhouse in Apopka, FL. Photo credit: Amanda Morgan, UF/IFAS

In Florida, there are a total of 13 Scutellaria species (spp.) and 11 of these are native. Skullcap, its common name, is a perennial, herbaceous plant with medicinal and ornamental value. It grows in uplands, seasonally flooded and ruderal areas.

Some skullcap species are used in China to help treatment health ailments and in the US used for teas for the plant’s anxiolytic effects to reduce anxiety. Ornamentally this plant is desired for its beautiful flower stalks, long blooming season and drought tolerance.

Check out the full EDIS publication here to learn more about the plant and its many varieties.

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