E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Scutellaria angustifolia Pursh
narrow-leaved skullcap (narrowleaf skullcap)
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Scutellaria angustifolia
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from slender or somewhat thickened rhizome; stems erect, slender, 10-30 cm tall, clustered or branched near base, 4-angled, with stiff upward-pointing hairs but sometimes nearly glabrous or hairs longer, spreading, and gland-tipped.
Opposite, lance-elliptic to oblong or nearly egg-shaped, 1.5-2.5 (3.5) cm long, 3-10 (16) mm wide, often 3- to 5-veined from near the base, tips blunt or rounded, usually entire; short-stalked or the upper almost unstalked; lower often broader and longer-stalked than others, often somewhat toothed, but commonly deciduous; hairiness similar to that on stems, or looser.
Inflorescence of solitary flowers in axils of slightly reduced leaves; corollas tubular, deep blue-violet, 20-30 mm long, throat open, 2-lipped, the upper lip entire, shorter than lower and hood-like, the lower lip somewhat spreading, 3-lobed and with long, flattened, white hairs on the broad central lobe; calyces 3.5-5.5 mm long, 2-lipped, upper lip with a scooped-out ridge across the back.
Nutlets, 4 clustered together, egg-shaped.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rocky areas in the lower montane zone; rare in SE BC, known recently only from Pend d'Oreille River valley; S to ID and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Scutellaria angustifolia

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 478 696 915
Slope Gradient (%) 39 47 55
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
183 193 204
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 2 2
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: ICH(2)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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