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Scutellaria elliptica / Hairy Skullcap (Mint Family)

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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 tp 3" long, toothed, ovate, simple, hairy
Space: 1’
Soil: Avg-dry
Exposure:  Part shade-light 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 in all parts of the state
Provenance: NC ecotype, seed grown