Large-flowered Skullcap (Scutellaria integrifolia)

Large-flowered Skullcap

By William T. Hathaway

The Large-flowered Skullcap or Hyssop Skullcap (Scutellaria integrifolia) is the most commonly found skullcap within Pittsylvania County. It is a perennial that grows up to 2 feet in height with individual flowers that may reach one inch in length.

My photo of the purplish flowers should distinguish the species from any other skullcap. Also, the little dish-like appendage at the base of the flowers is a distinct characteristic of most skullcaps. The specific name integrifolia refers to the leaves that are not lobed.

From June to early August is the time for sighting this fairly common species.

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