Neat Plant Alert – Heart-leaf skullcap

One of Arkansas’ rare plants in the Mint (Lamiaceae) family, heart-leaf skullcap (Scutellaria cardiophylla), is blooming right now at Lake Catherine State Park in the Ouachitas of central Arkansas.

Heart-leaf skullcap - Scutellaria cardiophylla
It is found in just 5 counties in Arkansas and is considered rare throughout its range of east Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, Arkansas and western Louisiana. The Lake Catherine population is at the northeastern edge of the species’ range.

Heart-leaf skullcap - Scutellaria cardiophylla
The plants can grow to approximately 18 inches in height with freely branching stems. It blooms in late spring and early summer. These photographs were taken the second weekend of June, 2015.

Heart-leaf skullcap - Scutellaria cardiophyllaArticle and photographs by ANPS member Eric Hunt

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Botanical Photographer living in Little Rock, Arkansas
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