COMING IN 2022
Who would mess with a plant known as “mad-dog skull cap”? If you envisioned a thorny plant that bites you back, well…sorry, you’d be incorrect. This low, side-spreading, flowering plant has neither thorns nor teeth. We aren’t sure where the “Mad-dog” epithet comes from, but the “skullcap” part comes from the shape of the flowers, which resemble the military helmets worn by soldiers in the Middle Ages.
This low-growing herb is in the mint family, and loves boggy, wet soils. The square-shaped stems support dark green toothed leaves, and tiny blue-purple flowers.
Source: grown from seed originally from Toadshade Wildflower Farm, New Jersey.
Scutellaria lateriflora (Mad-dog skullcap)
AVAILABLE IN 2022 type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: average, moist height: 2' plant spacing: 1/sq ft bloom time: July, August, September, October bloom color: purple
good plant companions
Little bluestem, fragrant sumac, spotted St. John's wort, large leaved aster, great blue lobelia, black-eyed Susan
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)