Etymology: Scutellaria: from Latin scutella, "a small dish, tray or platter," and referring to the sepals which appear this way during the fruiting period
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-32" tall, aromatic forb; stems square, weak
Leaves: opposite, usually 2 to 4 times as long as wide, barely stalked
Flowers: blue with white marks, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long; mostly solitary flowers from the axils of the leaves; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: wet; shores, meadows, marshes
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = OBL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"