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Scutellaria incana

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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

Height: 2'-3'

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

Scutellaria incana (hoary skullcap)
  • Scutellaria incana (hoary skullcap)
  • Scutellaria incana (hoary skullcap)
  • Scutellaria incana (hoary skullcap)
  • Scutellaria incana (hoary skullcap)

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Description

Scutellaria incana

Also known as:

hoary skullcap

,

downy skullcap

Scientific Synonyms:

Scutellaria integrifolia

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by clump division in spring.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae Mint family
Genus Scutellaria skullcap
Species Scutellaria incana hoary skullcap