Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Hairy Skullcap (Scutellaria elliptica)
    Mint Family
    One of 12 species of skullcaps native to North Carolina. This one is nice to pull into the home landscape for its ability to work in dry shade. It’s somewhat delicate looking, usually staying around 12-18” tall. Flowers mostly off the top of the plant in a 4” tower. If you have a colony of plants, you’re likely to see variation in flower color ranging from light to dark blues, and rarely white or blush pink. After flowering, namesake seed heads appear that dry to have an almost woody appearance. Re-seeds at a moderate rate, but is so diminutive as to not be pesky.
    Blooms: Blue-violet, 4-6 weeks, May-June
    Leaves: Dark green, up up 3" long, toothed, ovate, simple, hairy
    Space: 1’
    Soil: Avg-Dry
    Exposure:  Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Various bees, butterflies and skippers 
    Seeds: Interesting–dried upper calyx functions like a lid that pops off when 2-4 dark brown, round nutlets are dry
    Deer resistance: High
    Zone: 6-9
    Native Status: NC Native, Common across the state
    Provenance: NC , seed grown