8 to 12 in.
12 to 14 in.
southern Great Plains of United States
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Smoky Hills skullcap is a small, native perennial flower. Naturally found in the southern Great Plains, it is perfectly drought, heat and wind tolerant.
This plant grows as a small shrubby mound of green-grey fuzzy leaves. In May and June, it produces flowering stalks with deep blue flowers, each with two small white patches.
Since it is a small plant, it is a good choice for rock gardens or front edges of planting beds.
Smoky Hills skullcap has been a long-blooming perennial at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. Its tidy appearance and attractive flowers make this a great choice for low water landscapes. It is not currently growing at the garden.
Cut back old stems and leaves after new growth emerges in spring.