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Scutellaria ovata

Scutellaria ovata
Blooming in late May
heart-leaf skullcap
Just planted in our Texas garden
Scutellaria ovata
Attractive crinkly foliage

Common name heart-leaf skullcap
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 24"
Light part shade
Cultural notes needs sharply drained soil

I like to try different skullcaps, but find most of them difficult to grow from seed. So it is with this one – when I tried to start them in Pennsylvania, I got a single seedling, and judging from online information, it's a bit of a finnicky plant, requiring excellent drainage, dry gritty soil, and part shade. Sure enough, I never got one through a full season. Fast-forward 15 years to our Texas garden, and I decided to try again, this time with a nursery-bought specimen. I kind of lost track of it for a while, and was surprised to find it blooming robustly a year later. Another year (and a brutal summer) later, it was on its way to claiming a broad patch of our back fence border. In all, I'm happy to have found a skullcap that likes Texas!

heart-leaf skullcap
Claiming a large patch two years after planting – presumably spreading by roots

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: back fence border, rock garden zone

Read about all the skullcaps in our garden

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '06/'07 exchange. Baggy 70F (24d) - 35F (39d) - 70F (5%G, 12d). Exposure to light did not result in additional germination.
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (8w) - 35F (8w) - 70F (6%G, 3d)

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