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.
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.
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.
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!