Water Figwort

A stout plant with distinctive flowers found by streams and in ditches.  

Water Figwort: the shoreline figwort - The figworts are quite unusual looking flowers that really stand out from the rest and are quite unmistakable once you recognise them. Realistically, you are only going to encounter common figwort and water figwort (Scrophularia auriculata) in Dorset and if you cannot tell the flowers apart the habitat is usually enough to help you. Water figwort is usually found in wet places, stream sides, ditches, pond edges and so on whereas common figwort prefers drier conditions in shade so is more likely to be found in woodland and shaded hedgerows.
Water figwort grows to about four feet tall. It is a robust plant with the flowers appearing at the top of the stout, square stem (which is usually a reddish brown colour). The dark reddish brown flowers can be seen from June through until September.
Strangely, this is also known as the shoreline figwort which implies salt water but this is very much  fresh water plant.

 

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Common Name Water Figwort
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Scientific Name Scrophularia auriculata
Family Complex Flowers
Species Reference blamey 228.2
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Habitat Reference Relationship
F1: Lakes and reservoirs

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F2: Ponds

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F4: Slow moving rivers

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F5: Ditches and streams

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