Scutellaria ovata - Heart-leaved Skullcap

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Part ShadeDeer ResistantButterfly Friendly
Heart-leaved Skullcap
Scutellaria ovata

Soft, heart-shaped, deep green leaves with a purple tinge form a spreading mound in the shaded landscape topped by profuse spikes of violet-blue, lipped, tubular flowers in mid-June continuing through mid-summer. Native insects love its nectar and critters love its thick cover. Drought resistant.

  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Thrives in shade
  • A magnet for native insects and butterflies
  • Great cover for landscape critters
  • Deer resistant
  • Very effective planted in groups

Native Range

open woods and bluffs from Pennsylvania south to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


Butterflies are active during the day.  They use their colors to attract a mate or to warn predators that they are unpleasant to eat. In contrast, moths are usually dull in color and are active at dusk or during the night.



Mature Size: 18-24in. Tall x 18-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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