Wooden Surface


Scutellaria lateriflora

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)

SKU: 102933988624
  • details

    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

  • special notes

    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)