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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
Scrophulariaceae
Perennials

From western Europe. Though it has lent its name to a large and important plant family, the genus Scrophularia is relatively little known in gardens. Like other members of the figwort family, this 4-ft.-tall, 2-ft.-wide representative has more or less tubular, two-lipped flowers. Stems have flattened “wings.” Wrinkled, toothed, lance-shaped green leaves are strongly marked with cream and grow 2–10 in. long. Green, 1/2-in.-long flowers with a purplish brown upper lip bloom from summer into early fall.

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