DOWNY SKULLCAP

Scutellaria incana

Downy skullcap, Scutellaria incana grows well in average moisture but is also a good rain garden candidate and would look great next to the bright red cardinal flower. This is an easy plant to grow and attracts hummingbirds and bumblebees.

Genus name comes from the Latin word scutella meaning a small dish or saucer in reference to the shape of the persistent calyx after the flowers fade.

It is important that American skullcap be obtained from a reliable source. High doses of the tincture may cause giddiness, stupor, mental confusion, twitching, irregular heartbeat, and seizures. American skullcap should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Uses: Wildflower gardens, cottage gardens, native plant gardens, open woodland areas, prairies or meadows. An interesting and attractive wildflower.

 

SPECS: Genus: Scutellaria ; Species: Incana; Plant Type: Herb, Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Mesic (middle), Medium Dry, Dry; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Blue; USDA Zone: 5 — 8; Attracts: Beeflies, Beneficial insects, Bumblebees, Hummingbirds, Songbirds; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Rabbits; Plant Community: Looks great next to the bright red cardinal flower.;