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, 12"-28" tall, aromatic, stout forb; stems square, with spreading, glandular hairs
Leaves: opposite, long-stalked, round to oval, toothed
Flowers: blue, 5-parted, 1/2"-1" long; inflorescence of stalked flowers in 1 or more terminal clusters (raceme) up to 4" tall; blooms June-July
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: shade; dry; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = FACU USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"