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Scutellaria incana

Native Plants

Downy Skullcap

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Summary

Downy skullcap (Scutellaria incana) features strong, upright growth with eye-catching, deep-blue flowers, making it an excellent choice for the sunny garden. This partial shade to full sun perennial attains a height from 24-36” with darkly-colored stems, 2-4” long oppositely-arranged leaves and many striking, rich deep-blue flowers in mid to late July. The round-top flowers are covered with fine, soft hairs giving rise to its common name, downy skullcap. It thrives in a moist, rich soil but is content with average soil conditions. Downy skullcap is drought-tolerant once established and grows well with companions such as Gray’s sedge (Carex grayi), Virginia meadow-beauty (Rhexia virginica), blue flag (Iris versicolor), Gateway spotted Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum‘Gateway’), and closed bottle gentian (Gentiana clausa). Zones 5-8. 


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    partial-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    blue 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    green