The Showy Skullcap is found mostly in open woodlands, whereas the Large Flowered Skullcap is more often found in open areas. Acuminate, serrate leaves are a giveaway to this skullcap's identification, when compared with the Large-flowered Skullcap which has entire leaf edges.
I have found this Showy Skullcap in only one location in Pittsylvania County, Virginia; the site was near the Redeye community, more or less in the center of the county. The Showy Skullcap blooms in May through June. It seems to grow in small colonies, unlike the Large-flowered Skullcap which prefers standing alone.
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