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PlantFiles: Hummingbird Plant, Trailing Scutellaria
Scutellaria longifolia

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Scutellaria (skew-teh-LARE-ee) (Info)
Species: longifolia (lon-jee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sunkissed On Apr 14, 2012, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Thanks to my friends on Dave's Gardens I finally know this is the unknown plant I have had growing in my garden for well over six years. I have no idea exactly when I planted it, but sure I bought it at a plant nursery and just put it in the sandy ground in my garden. It has pretty much stayed contained to one spot with branching out only a couple feet. It is in full sun the hottest part of the day, but by mid summer gets some welcomed shade from a crape myrtle close by. Flowers from spring until first frost. This plant has been through the coldest winters and comes back every spring, with no protection from frost. I accidentally cut a branch off last fall and just stuck the branch into my wheelbarrow planter and forgot all about it. This spring I now have a nice plant growing in the middle of my wheelbarrow and sprouting lots of blooms. So seems to propagate quite well. I have looked for this plant in nurseries for the past three years and never have seen it, which is a shame since it is a carefree plant that provides such lovely bright Magenta flowers.

Neutral nifty413 On Apr 17, 2007, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Is being sold under the cultivar name 'Red Fountains' locally. Difficult to find irrefutable information to conclude this actually is a distinct cultivar.

Positive dmj1218 On Sep 23, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a very showy plant which everyone stops to ask, "What is that?", as they enter my house. It's known as the 'Hummingbird Plant' in its native habitat from Mexico to El Salvador where it grows in the mountains. While it is considered one of the tropical skullcaps, its proven hardy up through zones 8a if heavily mulched in winter. It "sprawls" to about 4' wide but the total height is only about 6-12" in my garden. The Scutellaria species, as a whole, do have some medicinal properties; but I do not know what they are. It is a great ornamental plant to grow in the south.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hobe Sound, Florida
Wauchula, Florida
Webster, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Lafayette, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas

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