Figwort

Scrophularia nodosa

Features

  • Dryable
  • Foliage & Filler
  • Medium producer
  • Pollinator-friendly

Description

This hardworking perennial will flower the first year from seed if started early. Waist-high, branching plants produce an abundance of long stems smothered in chocolate and green hoodlike blooms, similar to snapdragons. Leathery, long-lasting flowers have a bitter, smoky scent, but attract more pollinators than any other plant we’ve grown. In addition to being a great textural bouquet filler, figwort is a must-grow for the bees.

Details

Plant type: perennial
Height: 36 to 42 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 120 days
Plant spacing: 18 in
Pinch: not necessary

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Start seed indoors in trays 8 to 10 weeks before last frost; transplant out once the weather has warmed.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Pick when stem tips are no longer floppy. Expect a vase life of 14 days.

Details

Description

This hardworking perennial will flower the first year from seed if started early. Waist-high, branching plants produce an abundance of long stems smothered in chocolate and green hoodlike blooms, similar to snapdragons. Leathery, long-lasting flowers have a bitter, smoky scent, but attract more pollinators than any other plant we’ve grown. In addition to being a great textural bouquet filler, figwort is a must-grow for the bees.

Details

Plant type: perennial
Height: 36 to 42 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 120 days
Plant spacing: 18 in
Pinch: not necessary

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Start seed indoors in trays 8 to 10 weeks before last frost; transplant out once the weather has warmed.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Pick when stem tips are no longer floppy. Expect a vase life of 14 days.

Sources

How to Grow

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