Scutellaria Species, Pink Texas Skullcap, Cherry Skullcap

Scutellaria suffrutescens

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Scutellaria (skew-teh-LARE-ee) (Info)
Species: suffrutescens (suf-roo-TES-kens) (Info)
Synonym:Scutellaria spinescens



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (red-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Dothan, Alabama

London, Arkansas

Richmond, California

Daytona Beach, Florida

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Concord, North Carolina

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Austin, Texas(6 reports)

Bryan, Texas

Bulverde, Texas

College Station, Texas

Dallas, Texas(2 reports)

Dripping Springs, Texas

Evant, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(3 reports)

Frisco, Texas

Garland, Texas

Geronimo, Texas

Haltom City, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Katy, Texas

Kurten, Texas

Lake Jackson, Texas

Leander, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas(3 reports)

Palestine, Texas

Pflugerville, Texas

Portland, Texas

Rosenberg, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(3 reports)

Waxahachie, Texas

Kingston, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 20, 2016, lisaal from Norfolk, VA wrote:

This plant took off in my Norfolk, VA garden. I didn't water or give it much attention. It blooms from spring through to early fall. In cold winters, it has dies, but green leaves grow from the brown woody stems each year. It struggled for a few months after a flood last year, but recovered nicely. I've had it about 3 or 4 years. It's about 1'x3' (and 10" tall). I wish I would have picked up a couple more b/c it makes such a great border plant. I'll try propagating by cutting this year. Even though it's ugly in winter, it's spring-fall flowering makes it a great plant.


On May 19, 2014, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Looks somewhat weedy and the leaves are nothing special, but it does great with zero care (by care I mean shade, water, fertilizer, winter protection, etc.) here in S. Louisiana. Stays in a compact clump and flowers quite regularly. After 2 years in the ground, mine is only about 1.5 feet wide and under a foot tall. And since it's a native plant, I have to give it a thumbs-up. The main reason to grow this is that it forms a such a dense clump that light cannot pass through it and it hence acts as a great weed barrier. I bought mine at a big-box store with initials HD in 2012 and have never seen it for sale at that store, nor at any local independent nurseries, nor at plant shows. So if you see one, buy it. Then again, it's easily propagated by sticking a cutting in a glass of water a... read more


On Mar 4, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In Boston, MA (Z6a) this is a performs beautifully as a bedding plant. Blooms its head off nonstop all summer and fall. Foliage stays fresh-looking all season.

Doesn't make it through our winters.

In commerce, I often see this plant labeled "Scutellaria frutescens".


On Apr 26, 2013, KWM_SA from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I've been growing these happily for 3-4 years and keep adding more because they do so well in South Texas. This February I pruned back fairly hard the oldest ones which had quite a bit of dead wood from a very dry summer. They've perked right back up and filled in.

I have them growing in full sun (western exposure) on a slight slope -- some soil over rock. They appreciate some supplemental watering during the summer if it does not rain -- particularly if you want them to bloom. They reliably bloom late spring and in the fall -- a deep purple-pink. Mine have never frozen back in the winter (at least a few exposures to temps in the mid-20s).

They're very tidy and mine are less than 1' tall and the oldest ones are around 2' across. A great plant to grow a... read more


On Jul 8, 2012, Diana78131 from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

I live in south central texas. I planted my skullcap two years ago...they did great year one and through last year's drought. But this year they seem very leggy...not full and mounded as I had hoped. The flowering has also tapered off. Just not sure why...I am wondering about pruning back (like salvia) but cannot find anything on the web about care and upkeep. It does make a lovely border when it is full and bushy...


On Jul 26, 2010, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I got 2 little starts of this plant last fall. I planted them in a full sun area with soil on the dry side (not clay) and hoped for the best. Not only did they survive, they have thrived, and have started to spread and bloom even more! They survived 3 days of temperatures in July over 100 degrees with high humidity and look completely unfazed. I am impressed! I will have to get more of these.


On May 22, 2007, Marylyn_TX from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

In Houston (zone 9a) it is evergreen and has been very happy in partial shade with very little attention. It looks beautiful spilling over the edge of my garden and I need some more of it!


On Mar 28, 2007, transplant2nc from Concord, NC wrote:

In Concord NC (7A) This plant has grown beautifully for four years with no water and no care, blooming all summer, in full sun, and horrible soil full of old tree roots, with winter temps down to 10 degrees F. I'm interested in learning how to propagate it to produce more.


On Jul 23, 2006, princessnonie from New Caney, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am right on the line between 9a and 8b and am wondering if this plant freezes down and returns, or is it evergreen all year.. And does it really do OK in full TEXAS sun with no supplanmental water after it's established..?


On Jun 18, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a tough, drought tolerant plant which thrives and never stops blooming once it starts. It seems equally happy in clay pots in full sun or in the ground with full sun. It would make a great ground cover or edging (much like lirope is used) and be much more beautiful than most. An under-used and under-valued landscaping plant for Texas, in my opinion; but quickly gaining in popularity as it is really tough. This plant is native to northeastern Mexico; and grows in a mounding shape about 18" high and spreads about 2' wide in my garden.


On Jun 24, 2005, pbtxlady from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

They take our Texas Augusts beautifully, in full sun, but I can't say how they will do without supplemental water. Mine are on a drip system. They start blooming in early April and are covered with blossoms until the end of November.

I would love to propagate this plant, but haven't been successful with cuttings. Anyone know if it can be divided?


On Jun 3, 2005, hashenk from New Braunfels, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I sat the other morning and watched several hummingbirds feast on these blooms. It was really neat to watch...they passed up my hummingbird feeder for the blooms.