Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: average, sand
Bloom Time: April, May, June, July
Bloom Color: violet, purple, blue
Leaf Color: green, purple, silver, multi-color
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, evergreen, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant
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Scutellaria ovataAlso known as:
heart leaf skullcap,
heart leafed skullcap,
heart leaved skullcap,
Only 6"-12" tall, this intriguing little skullcap offers weeks of violet, lipped flowers. Scutellaria ovata has handsome, metallic, beet-red veined, heart-shaped foliage. One of the nicest skullcap species for both its delicate, Salvia-like spikes of flowers, and its showy evergreen foliage.
Heartleaf skullcap will thrive in full sun to light shade. It prefers very well-drained, sandy, gritty, or shaley, soil. It is a desirable plant for rock gardens, well-drained banks or dry flower borders. It will rapidly colonize by way of its fleshy roots. Expect a long bloom time extending from April through July. Zones 4-8
Propagate from seed, or by clump division in spring.
Scutellaria ovata is an ideal plant for dryish gardens. It is surprisingly under-utilized. It has the added value of attracting butterflies and humming birds, while also being highly deer resistant.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: MN
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