This tidy little native perennial is a great choice for Central Texas gardens. Its evergreen mounding form only gets 6 to 10 inches tall, so it looks right at home as a filler, tucked into small bare spots in well-drained garden beds.
It’s a good nectar plant, covered with light blue to violet flowers from March all the way through to July.
Full sun is best, but it can take bright shade. And purple skullcap is a very low water use plant, which is great, as long as your soil isn’t too heavy. It can take a little extra moisture, but will struggle if the roots are kept wet for long periods of time.
There are many native skullcaps, along with pink skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens), native to Mexico.
Deer resistant: minimal.