Mad-dog Skullcap - Scutellaria lateriflora • ( Mint family - Labiatae)

 

Mad-dog Skullcap - Scutellaria lateriflora • ( Mint family - Labiatae) Easily recognized because the flowers are in slender 1-sided racemes in the leaf axils. 1 - 3 ft. Rich thickets, meadows, wet woods. The common name derives from the fact that early settlers used the powdered herb in treating rabies as well as hysteria and convulsions, and the Native Americans used it for nervousness.

 

 

 

Its curative powers are now known to have a scientific basis. Modern science has extracted an antispasmodic substance from the dried flowers and named it scutellaine.

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