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Scutellaria integrifolia L.
Helmet-flower, Rough Skullcap, Common Large Skullcap, Tall Skullcap
Synonym(s): Scutellaria incana ssp. hispida, Scutellaria integrifolia var. hispida
USDA Symbol: SCIN2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Scutellaria integrifolia grows 1–2 feet tall, is usually branched near the base and has erect stems. Leaves are opposite. Those near the bottom are often coarsely toothed, 1/3–1 1/4 inches long; upper leaves are untoothed, narrower, and up to 2 inches long. The bluish-lavender, 2-lipped flowers are clustered or solitary in the axils of bract-like upper leaves, together forming an elongated cluster along the finely hairy square stem.
The many different Skullcaps are recognized by the tiny projection, or hump, on the top of the calyx surrounding the base of the flower.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Size Notes:
Grows 1–2 feet tall. Flower:
Black Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, WV Native Distribution:
New England and New York south to Florida; west to Alabama and Missouri; north to Kentucky and Ohio. Native Habitat:
Clearings, open woods.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff