Scutellaria ovata – Heart-leaved Skullcap

Published on June 7, 2012 by Casey

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Heart-leaved Skullcap
Heart-leaved Skullcap

Soft, heart shaped, deep green leaves with a purple tinge form a spreading mound in the shaded landscape topped by profuse spikes of violet-blue, lipped, tubular flowers in mid June continuing through mid summer. Native insects love its nectar and critters love its thick cover. Drought resistant.

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  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Thrives in shade
  • A magnet for native insects and butterflies
  • Great cover for landscape critters
  • Deer resistant
  • Very effective planted in groups

Native Range

open woods and bluffs from Pennsylvania south to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas

Native Trivia

Butterflies are active during the day. They use their colors to attract a mate or to warn predators that they are unpleasant to eat. In contrast, moths are usually dull in color and are active at dusk or during the night.

Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    • Medium Perennials

    • Shade
    • Filtered Shade
    • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

    • Well-drained

    Soil Moisture Preference
    • Dry
    • Average

    Attracts Wildlife
    • Mammals
    • Butterflies

    Bloom Time
    • Summer

    Critter Resistance
    • Deer Resistant

    Habitat Collection
    • Dry Shade
    • Butterfly

    Native Habitat
    • Forest

    Foliage Color
    • Green
    • Blue-green

    • Drought tolerant
    • Mass plant

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