Common Figwort - Scrophularia nodosa

    Alternative names
    Figwort
    Description

    Medium to tall hairless plant. Stems square but without pronounced wings. Leaves ovate, acute and toothed. Flowers greenish with a purple brown upper lip.

    Similar Species

    Water Figwort (S auriculata) and Green Figwort (S umbrosa)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Square stems, not winged.  Leaves acute. Calyx-lobes have a narrow scarious border (i.e. a thin papery whitish edge)

    Recording advice

    A photo of whole plant, including leaves as well as flowers.

    Habitat

    Hedgerows and woodland preferring damper places.

    When to see it

    Flowering June to September.

    Life History

    Perennial

    UK Status

    Quite frequent and widespread throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 152 of the 617 tetrads.

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