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Flaigg, Norman G.
Scutellaria ovata Hill
Heartleaf skullcap, Heart-leaf Skullcap
USDA Symbol: SCOV
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Violet
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, WV Native Habitat: In
open woodlands, along roads, and on brushy slopes in East and South Texas. Moist sand, loam, clay, limestone.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Conditions Comments:
Heart-leaf skullcap is an under-utilized plant for gardens. The showy blue flowers bloom on spikes similar in form to Salvia sp. It colonizes vigorously by underground, fleshy roots. Oily glands on the leaves make it possibly deer resistant. In
winter, heartleaf skullcap displays evergreen
source for adult butterflies.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High
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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.
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff