Scutellaria siphocampyloides Vatke

Grayleaf Skullcap
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)


Grayleaf skullcap is a ± glabrous to pubescent annual with appressed-ascending generally gland-tipped hairs that grows 4"-12" high from a slender rhizome. The leaves are narrow-lanceolate to linear, opposite, subsessile and rounded at the apices. The flowers are axillary in the upper half of the plant. The calyx is puberulent to 1/4" long, the corolla deep blue-violet and curved upward, the lower lip sometimes white-patched and the inner surface long-hairy.  This skullcap may be found in gravelly or rocky places below about 7000' in chaparral, oak woodland and yellow pine forest, ranging from the Santa Rosa, San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mts. north to central California, and blooming from May to July.  The former name of this species was S. austinae.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Scutellaria 2) siphocampyloides.
Pronunciation: skoo-tel-AIR-ee-a si-fo-kam-pil-OI-dees.
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