Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Hairy Skullcap
Scutellaria arguta
Family: Lamiaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G1?Q
State Rank: S1S2

Mesic wooded slopes with white oak and yellow poplar.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early July to mid August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Plants are slender and decumbent (not erect), stems glandular-pubescent. Species of this genus of mintshave a prominent protuberance on the upper corolla; this species is distinguished by having flowers in terminal few-flowered racemes (some may be in the leaf axils as well) and they have bracts underneath (subtending) the calyx. These bracts are different from the leaves which are coarsely serrate pubescent , petioled and ovate-shaped.

Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Timber removal would be detrimental.

Global Range:
Known from scattered collections in the southern Appalachian mountains, including northeastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, northeastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, and possibly adjacent Georgia. Currently may be present in up to four counties in Kentucky (Lewis, Pike, Bath, and Menifee) Believed to be historical in Virginia; historical collections exist from at least two counties in Virginia (Montgomery and Giles) and at least two counties in North Carolina (Yancey and Buncombe). Currently reported but unconfirmed in Georgia - it was noted in Georgia by Small (1933) but no collections were listed by Epling (1942); GANHP notes that A. B. Pittman may be able to determine whether GA Blue Ridge material should be assigned to this species.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
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