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Scutellaria californica

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Species Name: Scutellaria californica
Common Name: California Scullcap

California scullcap is a low-growing perennial with white or pale yellow flowers. Native to northern CA, it needs irrigation in southern gardens and would probably benefit from some afternoon shade as well.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 2-3' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreads by rhizomes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 6000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White to light yellow
Endangered?:
Distribution: Klamath Range, North Coast Range, northern Sierra Nevada
Natural Habitat: Open sites, shrubland, woodland. Elevation: 900-6000'

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