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Medicinal:  "Huang Qin" in traditional Chinese medicine

Zone:  5-7  

Growth:  30cm x 30cm [1ft x 1ft]

Foliage: Deciduous; mid-green; leaves lanceolate (long, narrow, pointy) on wiry stalks with flowers on upper third

Flower:  July-August; saturated blue-purple

Light:  Full sun

Moisture:  Little to no extra water

Soil:  Grows well in poor sandy loam; must be well drained

Garden location:  Front of border; will gently self-sow

Scutellaria baicalensis (Baikal skullcap)

  • Baikal skullcap is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  The dried root is used to treat a variety of conditions.  The flowering plants are lovely with late-blooming blue Hibiscus syriacus shrubs.