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Scutellaria ovata

Heart-leaved Skullcap

Soft, heart shaped, deep green leaves with a purple tinge form a spreading mound in the shaded landscape topped by profuse spikes of violet-blue, lipped, tubular flowers in mid June continuing through mid summer. Native insects love its nectar and critters love its thick cover.  Drought resistant.

Benefits

Drought tolerant once established
Thrives in shade
A magnet for native insects and butterflies
Great cover for landscape critters
Deer resistant
Very effective planted in groups

Height
18-24 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

open woods and bluffs from Pennsylvania south to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas

Native Trivia

Butterflies are active during the day.  They use their colors to attract a mate or to warn predators that they are unpleasant to eat. In contrast, moths are usually dull in color and are active at dusk or during the night.


"I love watching this plant's outstanding early summer bloom and all the butterflies it attracts!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Mammals
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Green
Uses
Border
Container
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arizona
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin