- any of numerous tall, usually coarse woodland plants of the genus Scrophularia, having a terminal cluster of small greenish-brown to purplish-brown flowers.
Origin of figwort
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Fanning the air with gauzy wings, the honey bee comes for a feast on the flowers of the figwort.Some Summer Days in Iowa
Frederick John Lazell
Barrett states that he has found it at the flowers of figwort (Scrophularia aquatica).The Moths of the British Isles, Second Series
One species, Vespa sylvestris, which seldom enters our houses, is very partial to the flowers of Scrophularia (Figwort).Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants
The mother butterflies select as food plants for the larvae various members of either the plantain or figwort families.Butterflies Worth Knowing
Clarence M. Weed
Scrophularia, or figwort (Scrophularia marilandica), contains a principle which has a digitalis-like action on the heart.
- any scrophulariaceous plant of the N temperate genus Scrophularia, having square stems and small brown or greenish flowers
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