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 (fĭg′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
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).]


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


(ˈfɪgˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

any tall woodland plant of the genus Scrophularia, having a terminal cluster of small flowers.
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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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The Cape Figworts (Phygelius) are a useful bunch of sub shrubs, ideal at the front of a sunny border.
Of all the families of plants that bloom this time of year, none can match the figworts.
Plant them in between the coral-coloured or milky- white blooms of Cape figworts or phygelius to see what I mean.