This Asian skullcap has completely different uses from the North American variety.
New research shows strong anti-viral activity, very active against flu viruses, hepatitis, and dysentery, as well as staph infections.
Baikal Skullcap is emerging as one of the essential disease-fighting herbs. Important anti-allergy and immune-strengthening activity also. The root is dug in the second year. Easier to grow than comparable herbs such as goldenseal.
Hardy in all zones with very good drainage. Lots of beautiful flowers-easy perennial. BOTANICAL NAME: Scutellaria sp.
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Sow in flats in well-drained mix, barely covered with soil. Keep moist but not wet until germination. When plants are 3" high, transplant to a sunny, well-drained spot. Plant 12" apart. Will need water to get established, but once mature, do not overwater, as it will make less medicinally active. Harvest tops as blooming begins. If roots are desired, they should be dug in the fall of the second year.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Perennial/Zones 3-9/Height 1-2'/Spacing 8"
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