Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, clay, sand
Bloom Time: June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: violet, purple, blue
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, cottage garden plant, drought tolerant, fragrant plant, naturalizing
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Scutellaria incanaAlso known as:
Scutellaria incana grows to 3' in height. The top of this plant branches out into spike-like racemes of blue to violet tubular flowers. The leaves are typical of the mint family and are fragrant. The angular stems are covered with fine hair (hoary or downy) and the flowers give way to a skullcap-shaped structure containing the nutlets, hence the common name.
Hoary skullcap is easy to grow in a variety of soil and light conditions. That and its tolerance to drought make it a great border plant. Bloom times are from July through September. Zones 5-8
Propagate from seed, or by clump division in spring.
Scutellaria incana is easy to grow and can be a beautiful addition to cottage gardens and perennial borders. Surprisingly, it has been commercially overlooked or underrated.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: CT, NY
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