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This genus in the mint family has well over 300 species, most of them are perennial herbs or small shrubs. but a few are annuals or even aquatic species.
They have four angled stems and opposite leaves.  The flowers have upper and lower lips, much like Penstemons. 

Plants fall into three groups when used in the garden:

1)   Rock garden plants for full sun and blooming mostly in the summer. They should be grown  in well drained, even rocky soil and they like a calcareous loamy soil mix. These low growing plants need sun and dry conditions to do their best.  S. alpine, S. baicalensis, S. orientalis, S. scordiifolia,  S.indica.

2)   Perennial boarder plants for  sun to open shade, they are often sun loving plants but a few are woodland species.  S. altissima, S. incana.

3) Large coarse plants for natralizing in a wild flower garden type setting. S. lateriflora.

Most of the species do not like rich organic soils, so do not over feed.  When starting the seeds use a soil mix with generous amounts of coarse grit and do not over water.  Soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing. 

Code Name Image Price  
SA10-A9 Scutellaria altissima   $3.95
SCL7-A9 Scutellaria orientalis   $2.65
SOVP-A8 Scutellaria orientalis v. pinnatifida   $3.95