Scutellaria ovata forms mounds of metallic purple leaves in the spring that give way to a softer green in the summer. Its little lavender-blue snapdragon-like blooms appear on multiple upright stems from early summer to fall; however, it may go dormant after early blooming in hot, dry summer weather. Also known as Heartleaf Skullcap, Scutellaria ovata is a perennial member of the mint family.
Scutellaria ovata is native to most of the eastern half of the United States from Texas to Wisconsin, eastward to New York and south to Florida. It is endemic to woodlands, woodland openings, limestone glades and thickets.
Scutellaria ovata prefers dappled or partial to full shade and medium to moist, well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant once established.