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Water figwort Scrophularia auriculata

Best time to see: Jun to mid Sep

Key facts

A tall, slender perennial with small red-brown flowers in summer

Stems and leaf stalks winged; leaves oval, often with two lobes at the base

Found in damp meadows and on ditch and pond banks


Has a long tradition of use as a cleansing herb and, like the related foxglove, for heart conditions

Flowers are visited by many bees and by wasps

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Photo © Tony Gunton