Lesser Skullcap - Scutellaria minor


Short, rather slender plant. The leaves are usually untoothed and mostly unstalked. Flowers are pinkish, 6 to 10 mm long with a more or less straight corolla tube.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

pinkish flowers

Recording advice

Photograph of whole plant in flower


Found only in quite damp habitats.

When to see it

Flowers July to October.

Life History


UK Status

Found throughout much of Britain but becoming more scarce or absent further north.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, although it can be frequent in the few areas where it occurs. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

It is on the current VC55 Rare Plant Register (Jeeves 2011) with recent records only from a few sites in Charnwood Forest

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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