Hare Figwort

Hare Figwort, courtesy of Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, Bugwood.org
Photo courtesy of Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, bugwood.org
Common Name(s):
Hare Figwort
Lanceleaf Figwort
American Figwort
Scientific Name:
Scrophularia lanceolata Pursh
Scientific Name Synonyms:
Scrophularia pectinata Raf.
Symbol:
SCLA
Description:
Life Span: Perennial
Origin: Native
 
Growth Characteristics: Hare figwort is a tall, erect plant, growing 2-7 feet tall, and 2-4 feet wide. 
 
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape, the petals being reduced to a single, small, bilobed upper petal, and can range in color from red, yellow, and orange to brown and green. The flower often has a yellow lower lip. . The flowers are up to ½ inch wide. It has 4 normal stamens and a single wide yellow, sterile stamen. Flowers are arranged in a highly branched panicle. Blooms first appear in late spring and continue into mid summer. 
 
Leaves: Leaf arrangement is opposite. Leaves can reach 8 inches in length. Each leaf is irregularly serrated or double serrated and generally spear shaped (lanceolate) with long petioles.
 
Stems:   The stems have flat sides, are square in shape,  and may be glandular near the top. 
Ecological Adaptations:
Often found in rocky or disturbed areas. In Utah it is found at elevations from 4,900 feet to over 10,000 feet. 
 
Soils: Prefers sunny, moist, well-drained soils.
 
Associated Species:  Bracken fern, foothill deathcamas, lewis flax, Utah serviceberry
Uses and Management:
Hare figwort has some medicinal uses.