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Plant A Patch: Small Skullcap (Scutellaria parvula missouriensis)



At home in shallow dry, rocky soil, sandy soil or clay soil, this tiny plant (3 – 9″) deserves big recognition for its ability to thrive in adverse conditions that would stress other species. It prefers full sun but also grows and blooms well in partial shade. Small skullcap sports blue blossoms from late spring into early summer with only a few tiny blooms showing at any one time. Bees are attracted to the flowers, but because of the bitter taste to the leaves, animals such as deer and rabbits tend to avoid them.