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Scutellaria angustifolia

Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon, southeast to Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

Habitat: Moist and drier sites, moderate to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herbs from rhizomes, 1-3 dm. tall, the slender, erect stems often clustered or branched from the base, variously pubescent.


Leaves opposite, short-petiolate, the blades entire, 3- to 5-nerved from near the base, lance-elliptic to oblong, 1.5-2.5 cm. long and 3-10 mm. wide, rounded at the apex.


Flowers solitary in the axils of slightly reduced leaves; calyx two-lipped, the upper lip with a prominent transverse appendage, 3.5-5.5 mm. long; corolla two-lipped, deep blue-violet, 2.4-2.8 cm. long, with open throat, the upper lip hood-like, the lower 3-lobed, spreading, the center lobe large and wide, the lateral lobes attached to the upper lip; stamens 4, the lower pair longer than the upper and with one of the pollen sacs abortive; style 2-parted; ovary 2-celled, superior.


Nutlets 4

Accepted Name:
Scutellaria angustifolia Pursh

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Scutellaria angustifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Scutellaria angustifolia checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Scutellaria angustifolia information.

E-Flora BC: Scutellaria angustifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Scutellaria angustifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Scutellaria angustifolia information.

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