Scutellaria ovata - Heart-leaved Skullcap
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
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.