Scutellaria incana, commonly called skullcap, is n eastern native wildflower that occurs in open woods, clearings, on slopes and along streams. It grows to 3' tall. Small, two-lipped, purplish blue flowers (typical mint family) appear in branching, loose racemes in summer. Toothed, ovate, medium green leaves. Square stems are hoary (covered with minute white hairs), hence the sometime common name of hoary skullcap. Skullcap refers to the skull - or helmet - shaped calyx of the flower
The species is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best on dryish, sandy or clay soils.
The genus name comes from the Latin word scutella meaning a small dish or saucer in reference to the shape of the persistent calyx after the flowers fade. The species epithet means hoary or very grey.
Ideal in wildflower gardens, cottage gardens, native plant gardens, open woodland areas, prairies or meadows. An interesting and attractive wildflower, with no serious insect or disease problems, except occassional leaf rollers.
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