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Scrophularia auriculata 'Variegata', photo courtesy of Janet  Loughrey
Scrophularia auriculata 'Variegata', photo courtesy of Janet Loughrey

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Scrophularia auriculata 'Variegata'

Water Betony, Water Figwort

Though it has lent its name to alarge and important plant family,the genus Scrophularia is relativelylittle known in gardens.Like other members of the figwortfamily, this 4-ft.-tall, 2-ft.-wide representative has moreor less tubular, two-lipped flowers.Stems have flattened“wings.” Wrinkled, toothed,lance-shaped green leaves arestrongly marked with cream,grow 2–10 in. long. Green,1/2-in.-long flowers with a purplishbrown upper lip bloomfrom summer into early fall.From western Europe.

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