Photo courtesy of Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, bugwood.org
Scrophularia lanceolata Pursh
Scientific Name Synonyms:
Scrophularia pectinata Raf.
Life Span: Perennial
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.
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.