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Scutellaria ovata ssp. bracteata (Benth.) Epling
Heartleaf skullcap, Heart-leaf skullcap
Synonyms: Scutellaria ovata var. bracteata
USDA Symbol: scovb
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Blue violet flowers 13 to 25 mm long with a whitish lip on 10 cm racemes, 30 to 76 cm tall, blooms late May to early July and spreads by tubers and rhizomes. Hairy stems, the hairs gland tipped in some forms. The leaf blades are ovate, up to 10 cm long, indented at the base, scalloped or blunt toothed, hairy or downy on the under surface on long petioles. Seeds brown, often obscurely banded near the base, with blunt to sharp conical pegs.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Violet
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AL , AR , FL , IL , KS , LA , MO , MS , OK , TX Native Distribution:
Maryland to Minnesota and southward to South Carolina, eastern and central Texas and Mexico. Native Habitat:
Grows more abundant on westward facing terrain and often associated with limestone or calcium bearing rocks. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Plants go dormant over the summer and there can be a lot of loss due to rotting over the summer. Probably best to water pots infrequently over summer.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Take cuttings in fall as soon as the tips emerge. Seed works too but germination not as reliable. Plants go dormant over summer and there can be alot of loss due to rotting over the summer. Probably best to water pots infrequently over summer.
Maintenance: Gardeners cut back seedheads in early summer.
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Record Modified: 2011-01-18
Research By: GHH