Heartleaf Skullcap

Scutellaria ovata

Heartleaf Skullcap, Heart-leaf Skullcap

About This Plant

Partial shade or sun. The thick, greyish leaves are large compared to other native skullcaps. Heartleaf skullcap spreads like a groundcover from fleshy rhizomes to form a low mass. Small purple-lavender flowers appear from April into July. It can remain somewhat evergreen in warm winters. Even if it freezes back, expect it to return robustly from the roots in spring.

Origins: Southeastern U.S. from Maryland to east and south Texas and into Mexico.


None needed, except to contain it from spreading. Winter damage can be cut back in early spring.

A heart-leaved skullcap that grows like a groundcover in dappled shade around large trees.

Min. Height: 1 foot'

Max Height: 3 feet'

Min. Width: 2 feet'

Max Width: 4 feet'

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