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figwort

Herbal medicine
A perennial shrub that contains flavonoids, resin and saponins, which is used topically for haemorrhoids, ulcers and wounds; it was formerly administered internally for tuberculosis and lymph node swelling.
 
Toxic effects
Figwort should not be used internally, given its intense purgative, emetic and cardioactive properties.

figwort,

n Latin name:
Scrophularia nodosa, Scrophularia ningpoensis; parts used: buds (dried), leaves (dried); uses: antiinflammatory, epidermal maladies, digestive disturbances, cardiac aid; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; patients with grave heart disease; can cause low heart rate, cardiac block, asystole, nausea, diarrhea. Also called
carpenter's square, kernelwort, rose-noble, scrofula plant, square stalk, stinking christopher, and
throatwort.
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Of all the families of plants that bloom this time of year, none can match the figworts.
Figworts include snapdragon, nemesia, diascia, linaria, veronica, galvezia, mimulus and penstemon.
The water figwort or water betony (S auriculata) is the species most likely to be grown in gardens, particularly S a Variegata, which has lovely cream and dark green leaves and is excellent in damp, shady places.
Penstemons are members of the figwort family (or Scrophulariaceac) which also includes such well-loved plants as foxgloves, diascias and antirrhinums.
If you have Phygelius check the soft growing tips regularly for the figwort weevil; it is about 3mm in size with a black body and a white bottom.
Eastern Figwort, Late Figwort, Carpenter's Square; Roadside; Rare; C = 5; BSUH 14779.
The Cape Figworts (Phygelius) are a useful bunch of sub shrubs, ideal at the front of a sunny border.
Plant them in between the coral-coloured or milky- white blooms of Cape figworts or phygelius to see what I mean.
Shrubby species, including the figworts Scrophularia canina, S.