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Scutellaria baicalensis

Scutellaria baicalensis
Chinese skullcap
Scutellaria baicalensis
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Common name Chinese skullcap
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 8"
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed Give 2 weeks cold, then germinate at room temperature.
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

The largest-flowered skullcap we've grown. The plant stays low, but the flowers are gorgeous, worth admiring up close. Depending on the light quality, the flowers can appear fairly evenly royal blue, or distinctly two-toned with white. Unfortunately, it's not been a long-lived plant in our garden. Our first crop stuck around into their third year; our second crop seems to have disappeared without a trace in their first year. This past year, we grew several nice-sized plants, which bloomed just months after starting them from seed, in our orchard holding area. But one day, they were all gone - I think because they were planted in a low-lying area, and we had lots of wet weather this year. I'll be looking around for seed to replace these beauties...

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Read about all the skullcaps in our garden

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 trade. 2 weeks cold; 66%G at 70F, 2d
  2. Same seed as above. Same treatment, 75%G
  3. Seed from garden '03. 2 weeks cold; 60%G at 70F, 3-5d
  4. Seed from garden '03. Baggy 35F (22d) - 70F (20d; no G, moldy)
  5. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 35F (15d) - 70F (85%G, 3d)
  6. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 35F (16d) - 70F (no G, 17d)
    Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 35F (18d) - 70F (77%G, 3-6d)
  7. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (15d) - 70F (19d; no G).
    Baggy 70F (7%G, 8-28d)
  8. Seed from '11 garden. Baggy 35F (3w) - 70F (81%G, 3d)
  9. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 35F (3w) - 70F (11%G, 3d)

I've yet to figure out why some seed lots germinate and others don't...

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