From a tiny plant, this Scutellaria orientalis ssp. pinnatifida transformed itself throughout the season into a mound of deliciously laced, glossy leaves topped with yellow flowers. Now, in late November, with the stems reddened and iced by the first flurries looks even more appealing. One of those sweets that you can never have enough of!
It was bought in the spring from Wrightman Alpines, along with other alpine ‘golden nuggets’. Although the genus Scutellaria (Fam. Lamiaceae), commonly known as Skullcaps, includes quite a few ornamental species, they are rarely seen in the plant nurseries; some species are often used as herbal remedies in various systems of traditional medicine.