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Scutellaria ovata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: low, medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, sand

Height: 6"-12"

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

Scutellaria ovata (heartleaf skullcap)
  • Scutellaria ovata (heartleaf skullcap)
  • Scutellaria ovata (heartleaf skullcap)
  • Scutellaria ovata (heartleaf skullcap)
  • Scutellaria ovata (heartleaf skullcap)

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Description

Scutellaria ovata

Also known as:

heartleaf skullcap

,

heart leaf skullcap

,

heart leafed skullcap

,

heart leaved skullcap

,

ovate-leaved skullcap

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by clump division in spring.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

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 ovata heartleaf skullcap