Scutellaria lateriflora

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Scutellaria lateriflora.
The English Names for this herb are American Scullcap, Blue Pimpernel, Common Scullcap, Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Mad-dog Skullcap, Mad-Dog Weed, Quaker Bonnet, Scullcap.

Pharmacological Actions

The pharmacological Actions of Scutellaria lateriflora are Anti-allergic, Anti-spasmodic, Sedative.


The Indications of Scutellaria lateriflora are Fatigue, Rheumatism, Insomnia, Nervous Tension, Anxiety, Cardiovascular Disease, Headache, Nervous Disorders, Hyperactivity.

The Contra Indication of Scutellaria lateriflora is Sedation.


No Temperament information is available for Scutellaria lateriflora.

Available Brands

No Brand information is available for Scutellaria lateriflora.

Compound Preparations

No Compound Preparation information is available for Scutellaria lateriflora.


Root1.000g/day - 2.000g/dayShould be taken herbs 1-2 g thrice a day.

Herb's Description

Scutellaria lateriflora. Skullcap is a herbaceous perennial with a four-angled, smooth stem with many branches, attaining a height of between 30 cm to 160 cm when mature. Skullcap has small hairless leaves, borne on petioles about 5-8 cm long, the leaves themselves about 2.5-5 cm long by 1-1.5 cm wide, ovate, with a rounded base, an acute tip, the leaf margin acutely serrate. The flowers are borne in axillary racemes that arise from the leaf axils, flowers on only one side. They are pale blue, blossoming in summer, comprised of a fused upper and lower sepal, the upper sepal with a raised appendage that looks like a helmet or hood. The petals are fused into a two-lipped corolla, with four stamens. The flower gives way to four small nutlets.

Taste Odor & Occurrence

No information about taste, odor & occurences is available for Scutellaria lateriflora


No information regarding Scutellaria lateriflora's substitute is currently available.

Active Constituents

Scutellaria lateriflora's Active constituents:


No information regarding Scutellaria lateriflora's antidot is currently available.

Warning & Precautions

Due to limited information on the safety of scullcap during pregancy and lactation, it should be avoided by pregnant or lactating women.


Scutellaria lateriflora:
American scullcap may be contaminated with germander, which has been found to damage the liver. Very large doses of American scullcap have been reported to cause confusion, irregular pulse, or movements that mimic seizures.