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Scutellaria resinosa (Sticky skullcap)
Lytle, Melody

Scutellaria resinosa

Scutellaria resinosa Torr.

Sticky Skullcap, Shrubby Skullcap, Resin-dot Skullcap, Resinous Skullcap

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s): Scutellaria wrightii

USDA Symbol: scre3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Sticky Skullcap or Resinous Skullcap is a compact, 10 in. by 10 in., perennial with woody stems that die back to the ground every winter. The numerous stems and the oval leaves are covered with minute hairs. Deep-violet-blue, tubular, two-lipped flowers continue to appear as stems elongate over the growing season.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 10 inches tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

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


USA: CO , KS , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: N.w. & c. KS to the TX Panhandle
Native Habitat: Slopes & sandhills of prairies & plains

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy loam. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based, Caliche type
Conditions Comments: This species tolerates medium drainage and some soil compaction.


Use Ornamental: Perennial garden
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High


Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Stratified seed germinates well. Cuttings taken mid-spring will root with treatment.
Seed Collection: Strip dried capsules from stem and separate the seeds with a sieve.
Seed Treatment: Moist-stratify seed at 40 degrees for 45-60 days.
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:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 1098 Collected Apr. 23, 1997 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 1133 Collected June 30, 1997 in Medina County by Paul Cox

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-27
Research By: NPC

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