Index- plants in this Family
Lamiaceae / Mint
Heartleaf Skullcap (Scutellaria ovata)
Heartleaf Skullcap is also known as Forrest Skullcap.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 70cm in height (28inches). Some forms may be taller. The stem is hairy.
Leaves: The leaf arrangement is opposite. Leaves can reach 15cm in length (6inches). Leaves can be as wide as 9 cm (3.5inches). Each leaf is ovate, toothed petiolate the principle leaves with cordate bases. The bracteal leaves entire.
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape and are up to 2.5cm long (1 inches). They are blue, violet with white on the lower lip sometimes white (rare). Blooms first appear in late spring and continue into mid summer. All Skullcaps have two lips with an arched protuberance on the upper helmet shaped lip and side lobes to the upper lip that may appear to be additional lips.
Habitat: Hardwood forests.
Range: Most of eastern U. S. except extreme northeast.

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Scutellaria is a perplexing group. As you can see from the 'More Info' section below there are numerous varieties of this species alone that may be found in some part of our area.


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I had originally misidentified this as Scutellaria incana and am grateful to William Moye for setting me straight. Which variety of Scutellaria ovata it actually is remains a mystery. From Long Hunter State Park in Tennessee.


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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Lamiaceae
Mint
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Scutellaria
Scullcaps

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