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Scutellaria (Skullcap)
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Including Scutellaria alpina ‘Moonbeam’, Scutellaria resinosa ‘Smoky Hills’, and Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘Texas Rose’



Late in the season, after the charming hooded blooms have faded, pairs of scallop-shaped, warmly colored seed capsules, resembling small inverted skullcaps, add intriguing detail to these Mint family members. Our easy-to-grow selections appreciate a sunny, quick-draining site, and happily mingle with medium-sized Euphorbias, Diascias and Nepetas.

Scutellaria alpina ‘Moonbeam’  full sun
Yellow Alpine Skullcap

The species originates in the mountains of southern Europe and Russia, and this ‘Moonbeam’s lush and low bushy mat of scalloped, ovate green-gray leaves is an excellent foil for its crowded clusters of light yellow blooms. Trailing stems turn upward and, at their tips, Snapdragon-like flowers form a four-sided raceme.

Requiring well drained soil and shade during hot afternoons, this little treasure goes well in a container, or in the rockery with Edraianthus graminifolius and Origanum libanoticum.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Scutellaria alpina ‘Moonbeam’ (P-1226)
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Scutellaria resinosa ‘Smoky Hills’  full sun

Legendary for its tenacious ability to conquer hot sunny niches, this engaging well-groomed Kansas denizen was introduced by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Small oval-shaped pubescent gray-green leaves and branching upright square stems cushion a showy, long lasting display of tubular deep blue-violet flowers, each highlighted with 2 small white streaks. Relishing lean soil plus sharp drainage, ‘Smoky Hills’ is second-to-none when massed as a low mounding ground cover that readily enhances borders, meadows, the rockery and native gardens while warding off the bunnies.

Blooms May–July

Size: 6"–12" high x 10"–14" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Scutellaria resinosa ‘Smoky Hills’ (P-1402)
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Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘Texas Rose’  full sun
Pink Skullcap

For its tidy swath of dark pink infill, the masses of Snapdragon-like blooms adorning the diminutive, glossy green foliage of ‘Texas Rose’ get our vote. With a dainty, yet durable, low profile, it makes an endearing addition to the rockery, or along a pathway nestled amidst Dianthus ‘Mendlesham Maid’ and Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’.

Blooms mid-June–mid-October.

Size: 4"–6" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 7.

Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘Texas Rose’ (P-0808)
Each $7.75
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