Scutellaria lateriflora - Family, Mint. Color, blue. Calyx, bell-shaped, divided, the upper lip with a hood, a protuberance which makes the plant easily recognizable. Later this falls away, but the lower lip remains. Corolla, a curved tube, divided above into 2 lips, the upper arched and curved, the lower spreading. Leaves, ovate or lance-shaped, serrate with coarse teeth, short-petioled. Stem, 8 to 24 inches high, upright, branched. Flowers, in axillary and sometimes one-sided racemes, terminating the branches Delicate and pretty. July to September.

Mad dog skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

Mad-dog skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

In wet grounds common in all the Eastern and Middle States. The common name indicates that it was once considered a cure for hydrophobia. (See illustration, p. 336.)