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Heart-leaved Skullcap | Plant Profile

Heart-leaved Skullcap (Scutellaria ovata) is a member of the mint family with long-lived purple or blue flowers. The flowers grow along a tall stem that rises above the foliage. As indicated by the name, the foliage is heart-shaped. The leaves are dark green and serrated. In nature, these perennials are typically found in dry and rocky open woodlands.

Heart-leaved Skullcap prefers dry to medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun.

Heart-shaped Skullcap are attractive additions to naturalized areas or meadows. Their tolerance of drought and shallow soils make them an option for erosion control on hillsides.


Heart-leaved Skullcap Characteristics

Heart-shaped Skullcap are showy wildflowers that thrive in shallow or dry soils. They can tolerate drought and warm summers. In warm summers, the plants may become dormant after the blooming season. Propagation occurs by self-seeding and spreading roots.

There are few serious disease or insect issues that threaten the health of Heart-leaved Skullcap. Powdery mildew and leaf spot may be occasional infections. Aphids may make their home here.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 9
1.00 - 2.00'
0.75 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
May - September
Dry - Medium
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?