Scutellaria lateriflora mad-dog skullcap Lamiaceae SCLA; Bx, pb; R, h, t, wp;



Scutellaria (Accessed 4/2014).

Scutellaria lateriflora is a perennial herb; colonial from thread-like rhizomes and from stolons; stems solitary, 4-sided, 30-70 cm tall, hairy along angles, simple to branched, branching opposite. 

Leaves opposite, stalk 0.5-2.5 cm long, blade egg-shaped, 3-8 cm long, 1.5-5 cm wide, tip long-pointed, base rounded to slightly lobed, margin toothed. 

Flowers blue, 2-lipped, 0.5-0.8 cm long, upper lip helmet-shaped, lower lip longer than upper, with 2 small lateral lobes, calyx 2-lipped, to 0.25 cm long; inflorescence of axillary, one-sided, leafy-bracted racemes, 3-10 cm long; blooming June-Sept. 

Fruit dry, two pitted nutlets; winter plant with pairs of scoop-shaped, untoothed lower lips of calyxes along inflorescence stems (Brown, 1976, Levine 1995). 

Wetland status: FACW+. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.

 Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Wet meadows, edges of swamp forests.