Skullcap (Scutellaria incana)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 30 inches to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 16 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Lance-shaped, up to 6" long, blunt teeth along the margins; soft, downy hairs underneath
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
White
Other: hooded upper lip is blue, lower lip has 3 lobes w/ a white center
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bumblebees
Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

The little flowers resemble bluebonnets.

The January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle:  The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual SeedsThe January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle: The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual Seeds
January 14, 2013

For this month's raffle, in honor of Veggies and Annuals week, Chelle has shocked and thrilled us by putting forward the largest collection of seeds I've ever imagined.

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Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.Date: Spring 2011The little flowers resemble bluebonnets.
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Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.Date: Spring 2011This plant has the most adorable flowers.
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Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.Date: Spring 2011The buds look like little purple balls.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 8-1-11
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-08-08
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-08-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-08-14
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-29-07
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-10-22
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Location: Mount Cuba Center, Hockessin, DelawareDate: 2018-06-29flowers and foliage
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-07-24
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Date: 2012-02-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-01
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-09-04
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Location: Mount Cuba Center, Hockessin, DelawareDate: 2018-06-29group in bloom
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Comments:
Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Aug 23, 2012 9:12 PM

A wildflower in Illinois found in dry, rocky woods in the southern two-thirds of the state. Flowers June to September. Plant has fine, downy hairs that cover the square stems (mint family).

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 1:50 AM

"Scutellaria incana, also Downy Skullcap, is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae and is native to North America. It is a perennial and is primarily found in the eastern United States as well as some parts of the Midwest."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 13, 2018 1:44 PM

This nice easy perennial is native from southern New York into Georgia to Louisiana to southeast Kansas to Illinois & Indiana & Ohio. Its two-lipped, round-top, purplish-blue flowers that look sort of like skulls or helmets are covered by fine plant hair. The square stems, members of the Mint Family have square stems) are hairy. I have not seen this species sold by conventional garden centers, but it is sold by some specialty nurseries and by some native plant nurseries as: North Creek Nursery in southeast PA, New Moon Nursery in southern New Jersey, and Prairie Moon Nursery in southern Minnesota.

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aspenhill On May 4, 2012 Obtained plant
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2012 seeds
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