In addition to being a striking bedding plant with bright green leaves and multiple large borage blue flowers, Baikal skullcap is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where it has the name “huángqín.” The root is harvestable after the second year of growth, and is traditionally used as an antiallergic, diuretic, hypotensive, antibacterial, antiviral, tranquilizer, fever-reducer, as well as for the treatment of dysentery, hepatitis, and staph.
Water: Extremely drought tolerant
Hardiness: Frost Hardy
Habit: Herbaceous perennial to 18” tall
Light: Full Sun
Soil: Garden soil
Origin: China, Korea, Mongolia, and Russia in the far East and Siberia