Skullcap Plant Information
The skullcap (Prunus bombycina) is one of the most popular houseplants in the world. It grows naturally from Mexico to South America and even Australia! You may have seen it at your local garden center or even bought some at a nursery. However, there are many different varieties of skullscap available today.
There are several types of skullscap and they all look very similar when grown together. They all come from the same species but each variety has its own characteristics such as size, shape, color, etc. Some varieties are pretty small while others grow up to 2 feet tall. There are also other kinds like the Mexican Skullcaps which grow up to 4 feet tall!
When choosing a skullcap plant, the first thing you need to do is choose a location where you want to grow it. A good place would be somewhere out of direct sunlight since these plants require lots of water. If possible, try to locate a sunny spot away from any large rocks or other hard surfaces because these things will cause damage if not protected properly. Other than that, just make sure that there isn’t anything else around your new home that could harm your new friend!
Now that you know where to plant your skullcap, it’s time to learn how to grow skullcap in containers. Once you have chosen the right location (or, even better, if you already have a skullcap plant growing somewhere), you can get one of your own! The first thing you need to do is get a big container that has good drainage qualities. Place a layer of small stones at the bottom to ensure proper drainage and put enough soil so that the skullcap will be about one or two inches underground.
Skullcaps require DIRT, not soil. You can find dirt at any garden center but you want a good mixture of peat moss, leaf mold, and course sand. Mix this dirt around so that it’s nice and fluffy and then plant your skullcap!
If you choose the right location and take good care of it, you should have a skullcap plant that can last years and years! To learn even more about skullcap care, visit the resources listed below.
Skullcap Plant Sizes
One thing that makes this plant so unique is that there are so many different sizes to choose from. You can get a skullcap plant that grows less than a foot or one that grows up to 4 feet tall! The smaller ones are great for people that want to grow them in containers or if you just want to add a little something extra to your room. The larger skullcaps, on the other hand, are used more for their medical value but either way they’re still great plants.
One of the most attractive things about this plant is its flowers. The flowers come in a light purple color and have an eye-catching attractiveness about them. The flowers usually bloom in the spring and grow up to be about 4 inches wide. This is a very attractive addition to any garden.
There are several different types of skullcap plants and they all have their own unique look and characteristics.
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Skullcap: Potential medicinal crop by N Joshee, TS Patrick, RS Mentreddy… – Trends in new crops …, 2002 – researchgate.net
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Shade, Irrigation, and Nutrients Affect Flavonoid Concentration and Yield in American Skullcap by A Similien, DA Shannon, C Wesley Wood… – Crop …, 2016 – Wiley Online Library
South American Skullcap (Scutellaria racemosa: Lamiaceae) in the Southeastern United States by A Krings, JC Neal – SIDA, Contributions to Botany, 2001 – JSTOR
Skullcap Scutellaria lateriflora L.: an American nervine by R Upton, RH DAyu – Journal of Herbal Medicine, 2012 – Elsevier