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Common Figwort

Scrophularia nodosa

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small, purple and brown, broader than long, on square stems. Sepals lobed with a light border.
Fruit:
Green, globular but tapering into a sharp tip.
Leaves:
Leaves appear together, opposite one another along the square-stalked, erect stem. They are triangular, pointed and have forward-pointing, sharp-toothed margins. Hairless and shiny. Sometimes the leaves are bronze. Differs from Water Figwort in that its teeth are pointed and Water Figwort has rounded leaves.
Maximum Size:
70cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Leaves smell very unpleasant when crushed. The smell is stronger than that of Water Figwort.
Other Names:
Carpenter's Square, Great Pilewort, Heal-all, Heal-all Scrofula Plant, Kernelwort, Knotted Figwort, Murrain Grass, Nodding Figwort, Rosenoble, Scrofula Plant, Square-stalk, Throatwort, Woodland Figwort, Woods Figwort.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, meadows, wasteland, waterside, woodland.