The "Tougoku-shisoba Japanese skullcap" (Scutellaria maekawae f. abbreviata) belongs to the family Lamiaceae (the Mint family). It is a perennial herb that is native from Tohoku district south to Kanto and Chubu district of Honshu. This herb grows in wettish forest floors or edges of mountains, and it can reach 5-15 cm in height. The leaves are ovate or long-ovate, semi-thick, with spreading white hairs. The leaf surface has whitish patch outlining the veins and the abaxial side is tinged purple. The purple, labiate flowers bloom from May to July.