Scutellaria incana (Hoary Skullcap)
There aren't many wildflowers more endearing than Skullcap, and this native Skullcap is exceptional: violet/blue to lavender blooms that keep going from late summer into early fall and aromatic leaves gently serrated on the edges. It thrives in a variety of soil types and light levels, although its natural habitat is dry to mesic forests and woodlands and is drought tolerant once established. It is primarily pollinated by bumblebees and, by most accounts, is deer and rabbit proof. It is interesting to note that it is the ornamental seed head that gives this species its name Scutellaria, which is derived from the Latin word scutella, meaning "saucer or shallow dish." The common name "skullcap" came about because of the resemblance of the calyx to a miniature helmet or cap. Zones 4-9. Quarts.