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Downy Skullcap has attractive foliage and flowers. It is similar to Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop) in the appearance of its foliage and habitat preferences, but the tubular flowers are larger and more attractive. Therefore, it's surprising that this plant is not grown in flower gardens more often. Downy Skullcap tolerates full sunlight quite well in my experience, and its potential as a prairie or woodland meadow plant has been underestimated, in part because the prairie restoration movement is dominated by organizations in northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and other areas where this plant does not occur. Distinguishing Scutellaria spp. is rather tricky, but here are some key characteristics of Downy Skullcap

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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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