Scutellaria lateriflora Skullcap

Scutellaria lateriflora herb in flower and immature seed. Note the distinctive shape of the green seed capsules. The top part (protruding upward and called a protuberance) is what gives Skullcap its common and scientific name (use your imagination here). Scutellaria means little dish or plate (more imagination please). Lateriflora refers to the lateral racemes of flowers, its inflorescence.