Skullcap - Scutellaria galericulata


Short to medium, usually hairy and shortly creeping plant. Stems erect. Leaves oval to lanceolate, slightly toothed, in pairs. Flowers bright blue, usually in pairs, with a whitish base 10 to 18 mm long, the corolla tube abruptly upcurved.

Identification difficulty

Wet grassy habitats, stream sides, pond and canal margins.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain except in the north of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 147 of the 617 tetrads.

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

UK Map