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Water Figwort

Scrophularia auriculata

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Purple, 5 petals
 
Brighter than other Figwort species and sepals with pale edges. The small flowers are reddish-brown, on square stems.
Fruit:
Green and globular capsules, tapering into a sharp point.
Leaves:
Leaves appear in opposite pairs another along the square-stalked, erect stem. The leaves are round and have round-toothed margins. They become smaller towards the top of the plant. Sometimes the leaves are tinged bronze. Differs from Common Figwort in that its teeth are rounded and not pointed. Common Figwort has larger and more pointed leaves.
Maximum Size:
70 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The roots are said to be edible but some say that they're 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 weaker than that of Common Figwort.
Other Names:
Bishop's Leaves, Shoreline Figwort, Water Betony.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Ditches, marshes, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, waterside, wetland, woodland.