American Skullcap/Maddog Skullcap

Scutellaria lateriflora

Also called “maddog skullcap” (because it was believed that this plant had properties that could cure rabies, which has been disproven), the extract of this plant is used in herbal medicine as a mild sedative for treating insomnia, anxiety, and ailments of the nervous system. Its showy white-throated purple flowers are also edible!

Water: This is a wetland-loving species and grows near marshes, meadows, and other wet habitats

Hardiness: Frost Hardy


Habit: Hardy perennial growing to 3' tall

Light: Full Sun to Light Shade

Soil: Rich, moist soil

Origin: North America

Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower

American Skullcap/Maddog Skullcap