Herb Ally 2011

I am excited that I stumbled across this Herbal Ally Challenge for 2011.  It’s from Kristine over at http://fieldoftansy.blogspot.com/p/herbal-ally.html.  It’s something I have read about and wanted to try, but just never took the time to actually do it.  I recently found out about this, so I am already a month behind.  Here’s hoping I can keep up!

The herb I have chosen, or the one that chose me, is Skullcap.  I had been thinking about this challenge for a week or so and, as I was looking through my seed stash, this one popped up.  I grew this plant back in 2003 at my old house.  It was part of my medicine wheel garden. 

medicine wheel garden

I grew both the Official Skullcap and the Baikal Skullcap.  Unfortunately, I never worked with or harvested the plant.  Digging through my garden journal, I did snap a photo of the Baikal Skullcap that year.

Scutellaria baicalensis

It seems that I am already breaking the rules of this challenge, picking ONE plant, but it is not my fault, I have to blame it on Horizon Herbs…they offered the Skullcap seed set!  There are 4 different species, plus another I had in my seed stash.  The varieties are:

  • Scutellaria lateriflora
  • Scutellaria incana
  • Scutellaria barbata
  • Scutellaria baicalensis
  • Scutellaria pontica

My main focus will be on Scutellaria lateriflora, native to Kentucky.  My seeds are old, from 2008, so we’ll see what germinates. 

Skullcap seed tray

As a side note, Scutellaria lateriflora has the nick-name of Mad-Dog Skullcap.  This species was of particular interest to herbalists because of its reputation as a cure for rabies.  Hmmm, I shall find out in my research.  Stay tuned.  Next up, decorate my journal cover!

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2 Responses to Herb Ally 2011

  1. kristine says:

    welcome aboard, i look forward to your findings on skullcap! don’t worry about being behind, there are several who just joined in the past few weeks.

  2. piper says:

    I’ve only used dried skullcap from Mountain Rose (in the making of a sedative tea) so look forward to learning more about this herb. Your medicine wheel garden is gorgeous– and the photograph of the flowering Baikal Skullcap– beautiful!

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