Saturday, September 4, 2010

Helmet flower (Scutellaria integrifolia)

Scutellaria integrifolia is known by the common names Helmet Flower, Hyssop Skullcap, or Helmet Skullcap. So far, I’ve only seen it at Fort Yargo State Park where it grows by the water near the trail south from the Fishing Area (segment 13). It flowers at the end of May.

A cluster of plants.

A couple of individual plants; looking from above.

The leaf shape and arrangement.

A closer view of the flowering tip.

A flower, up close; in profile.

A flower, up close; from above.

A flower, up close; looking straight on.

A flower, up close; at a slight angle.

Scutellaria integrifolia
(Helmet Flower) is native to the United States; it grows in the south-central states.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Scutellaria integrifolia (Helmet Flower)

- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Scutellaria integrifolia

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Helmet Flower (Scutellaria integrifolia)

- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Scutellaria integrifolia (Hyssop Skullcap)

- Alabama Plants: Scutellaria integrifolia (Helmet Skullcap)

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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