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Scutellaria scordiifolia

Scutellaria scordiifolia
Mongolian skullcap
Common name Mongolian skullcap
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4)
Flowers purple (summer)
Size 8"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Subshrub native to Inner Mongolia. Supposedly grows wider than it is tall, making a mat of narrow, shiny, deep green leaves - but the plants we got from seed have a more upright habit - more like S. baicalensis, except with narrower leaves. Besides identification, hardiness is also in doubt - I've seen it listed in a range as cold-hardy as Z4+, and as tender as Z8+. Obviously, our plants made it through a winter or two, so whatever we have, it's hardy to zone 6.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed 'Mongolian Skies' from '07 trade. Baggy 65F (92%G, 4-8d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (93%G, 4-12d)

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