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Scutellaria suffrutescens

Scutellaria suffrutescens
pink skullcap

Common name pink skullcap
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers purple (summer-fall)
Size 8"
Light sun-part shade
From seed germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Mounding species from Mexico, whose hardiness in our Pennsylvania garden was always in doubt. But I'll try a new skullcap anytime, and luckily this bloomed the year I started it from seed. Indeed it didn't survive winter, but luckily I had some seed left over and managed to get a couple more plants the following year. This time I planted them directly into the rock garden instead of in a nursery area, so that I could properly appreciate their charms. And these plants have plenty of charm: the smallest, glossiest leaves of any skullcap we've grown, which offset the rich rose flowers beautifully. Flowers start in late summer, and keep on coming until a hard freeze.

Scutellaria suffrutescens

Now that we've moved to Texas, this should be reliably hardy for us. Nurseries here carry a cultivar simply named 'Pink', which forms a tight rounded mound with plenty of flowers. Its leaves look quite different from those of our seed-grown specimens, but pretty nonetheless. Our first attempt to establish one failed, but undaunted, I purchased another one, planted it in a well-drained part of the garden, and keeping my fingers crossed.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange. Baggy 70F (40%G, 8-11d).
    Also Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (20%G, 2-5d)
  2. Seed from '08 trade. Baggy 70F (41%G, 5-13d); another baggy 70F (54%G, 5-13d.

Also seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (16%G, 10d)]
Cold treatment apparently not beneficial.

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