Scutellaria incana (Downy Skullcap) Unity Grown

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Scutellaria incana, commonly called downy or hoary skullcap, is a common upright wildflower native to full and part sun locations in much of the Southeastern US. Typically found in open woodlands and on slopes and streambanks, downy skullcap grows up to three feet tall and produces blue to purple two-lipped blooms from the mid summer to the early fall that some say resemble small helmets or skullcaps. As a mint relative, Scutellaria incana can be identified by its square stems and fragrant, ovate leaves.

Downy skullcap is a hardy plant, tolerant of drought and dry soils as well as heavy clay soils, making it a great pick for locations with a lot of hot, dry sun like southern facing beds or rock gardens. Since it also tolerates part shade, hoary skullcap is also a versatile pick for woodland gardens and dappled pollinator gardens too. Scutellaria incana is a great choice for attracting bumblebees especially, but makes a wonderful choice for ornamental plantings in a variety of locations.

Straight Species, Native to Maryland, and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29" and Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average, Sand, and Clay
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Blue and Purple
Foliage color: Green and Silver/Green-silver/Green-gray
Features: Attracts Pollinators and Fragrant
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, Dry Shade Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, and Rabbit Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Woodland Garden, Small Space, Container, and Rock Garden

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