Scutellaria barbata

Scutellaria barbata, the barbed skullcap,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to Asia.[2]

Scutellaria barbata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Scutellaria
S. barbata
Binomial name
Scutellaria barbata


It is a perennial herb generally reaching up to 35 centimeters tall, sometimes taller. The lightly toothed leaves are somewhat lance-shaped or triangular and up to about 3 centimeters long. The flowers are borne on pedicels that have tiny, sharp bracteoles. The purple-blue, lightly hairy flower corolla is roughly a centimeter long. The plant grows in moist and wet habitat, such as paddy fields.[2]


The herb grows on the flat-lands in South Central China. It is usually harvested at the end of summer.[3]

Therapeutic usageEdit

The herb is used to as a medicine to treat cancer. However, there have been multiple reports that patients who were treated with the herb struggled with inflammation and infection.[4]

They are also used to treat hepatitis, appendicitis, pulmonary abscess, and ascites due to cirrhosis.


  1. ^ "Scutellaria barbata". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Scutellaria barbata. Flora of China.
  3. ^ Tao and Balunas, page 4
  4. ^ Tao and Balunas, page 3