Plant ID forum: Is this a type of skullcap

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Northern Illinois
Buzandbee
Jul 25, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Hi there,

First time on the forum. I live in northern Illinois, close to prairies, although my yard backs to a forest preserve and protected marsh, and on one side runs along a stream. I've become more and more interested in identifying the many plants around the outskirts of my yard. When I came upon this one in the photo, my first guess was that it was some type of Skullcap, but I've really struggled to match it to any of the photos online. Any help would be great. There's a fair amount of it growing along the stream bank in an area that gets spotty sun during the day. The soil is moist and rich, but not soggy at all. I had to remove one of the stalks to photograph to separate it from the surrounding vegetation as well as prevent myself from being completely consumed by mosquitoes., so I apologize for the lack 9f a better photo.

Many thanks. Kelly
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 25, 2017 11:44 AM CST

We appreciate seeing the plants in their normal setting, even the companion plants can be helpful.

It always gets harder with a plant that has been picked.

The flowers are unrecognizable, much larger than any of mine.
The leaf and stalk look right, though.

You probably should throw on a long sleeve shirt and brave the skeeters... And get the best pics you can of the plant in situ.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 25, 2017 12:00 PM CST
It does look like Scutellaria (Scullcap). There are apparently a few found in Illinois but I wonder if it might be Skullcap (Scutellaria incana) ?

http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/c...
http://www.illinoiswildflowers...
http://www.missouribotanicalga...

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jmorth
Jul 25, 2017 12:32 PM CST
My Downy Skullcap is definitely of a bluer hue.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: stone
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stone
Jul 25, 2017 1:05 PM CST
Yeah, but there's pics on google images that are the same color...
My problem wasn't the colour, but the wilted blooms.
Name: Susan
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Muddy1
Jul 25, 2017 2:47 PM CST
It could be Scutellaria, but neither the leaves nor the flowers look like my Scutellaria incana:

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Name: Susan
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Muddy1
Jul 25, 2017 3:49 PM CST
I don't see any Scutellaria with such long, protruding stamens.
Close-up photos of the flowers would be useful.
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Muddy1
Jul 25, 2017 6:40 PM CST
I think it may be Teucrium canadense (American/Canadian Germander).
Northern Illinois
Buzandbee
Jul 25, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Thanks everyone for your response. I will try to get some additional photos tomorrow when I put my youngest down for a nap, but after looking, I'm fairly sure Muddy1 is correct and it is American Germander.

Everyone is so knowledgeable on here, I may pop in with some additional plants as well.

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