|Scutellaria alpina; photos by Todd Boland|
- Description and general information
- Alpine skullcap is native to mountainous regions of southern Europe and the Caucasus region.
- Plants form upright mounds that reach about 20 cm (8") in height and 30 cm (12") in spread. Flowers are produced in short terminal racemes. Their snapdragon-like blooms are two-toned, bluish-purple, lavender or yellow with a contrasting white lip. They are hardy to zone 3. There are three named selections 'Arcobaleno', 'Greencourt' and 'Moonbeam'.
- This skullcap does not pose any difficulties in cultivation. Any well-drained soil and full sun will suit it well. They do not appear to be fussy about soil pH.
- Bloom period
- April to May in more southern locations while July is the main blooming season in more northern areas. In the north, plants may bloom into September.
- By seed or division
- Some references claim that this species of skullcap may be direct sown at about 20 C with germination occuring within a few weeks. Others claim a stratification period of 6-8 weeks will result in better germination. On a personal note, mine germinated freely after a stratification period.
- Large plants may be dug and divided in spring or early fall.
Created by Todd Boland.
Last Modification: Wednesday 03 of August, 2011 10:17:14 CDT by Hannah.
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