Discoveries Out and About: American Figwort ~ Scrophularia lanceolata
I came across American Figwort in early June at a local park. Just starting to flower, this 6 foot tall perennial has tiny flowers but its height makes it stand out above other plants.
The few plants I saw at this park were growing at the edge of the woodland in part sun and sandy soil.
There is an Eastern Figwort (Scrophularia marilandica) which is less common in the upper midwest. It's even taller reaching heights of 10 feet. The leaf stalks are much longer on the Eastern Figwort compared to the American Figwort. The Eastern Figwort also flowers later in the season in July. (Wildflowers of Wisconsin)
Prairie Moon Nursery)
© Heather Holm, 2015. Heather Holm