figwort


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fig·wort

 (fĭg′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
n.
Any of various plants of the genus Scrophularia having loose branching clusters of small greenish or purple flowers.

[fig, piles (obsolete) + wort (from its use as a folk medicine).]

figwort

(ˈfɪɡˌwɜːt)
n
(Plants) any scrophulariaceous plant of the N temperate genus Scrophularia, having square stems and small brown or greenish flowers

fig•wort

(ˈfɪgˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

n.
any tall woodland plant of the genus Scrophularia, having a terminal cluster of small flowers.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.figwort - any of numerous tall coarse woodland plants of the genus Scrophulariafigwort - any of numerous tall coarse woodland plants of the genus Scrophularia
genus Scrophularia, Scrophularia - type genus of Scrophulariaceae; named for the plants' supposed ability to cure scrofula: figworts
ligneous plant, woody plant - a plant having hard lignified tissues or woody parts especially stems
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Traditional and historical naturopathic approaches to uterine fibroids have included castor oil packs over the liver, low-fat/low-saturated-fat/high-fiber diets, alterative herbs (Corydalis tubers, black alder bark, mayapple root, figwort flowering herb, yellow dock root); Turska's formula (gelsemium root, pokeroot, aconite, and bryonia--consult a botanical expert, as these are toxic herbs); and thuja, red root, mountain ash bark, prickly ash bark, Stillingia root, Helonias root, mayapple root, and ginger root.
These pretty plants from South Africa, members of the Scrophularia or figwort family together with verbascum and buddleia, flower prolifically all summer.
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In his Materia Medica, Dioscorides (20) (1st century AD) referred to squirting cucumber and water figwort as having antitumour affinities; orobos (lathyrus) and chamaipus (ajuga) were considered specifically beneficial against hard lumps in the breast, and asklepias (milkweed) against malignant breast sores.
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The tiny insect is the figwort weevil and the adult and the black, slimy larvae both cause damage - hand removal is the most affective control.