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Scutellaria incana (Hoary skullcap)
Cressler, Alan

Scutellaria incana

Scutellaria incana Biehler

Hoary Skullcap, Downy Skullcap

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Normally 1.5 to 3.5 feet
Flower: Flowers in 6 inch spikes
Fruit: Dark
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Eastern US as far west as Kansas
Native Habitat: open woods, sandy areas, pinelands, dry bluffs

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low , Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: rich, acid soils and sands; dry to moist
Conditions Comments: Can grow at light levels from deep shade to full sun


Use Ornamental: Ideal for shady spots.
Use Wildlife: Deer browse it.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: No


Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Seed and cuttings
Seed Collection: Seed ready in early fall
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Scutellaria incana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Scutellaria incana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Scutellaria incana


Record Modified: 2017-11-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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