Scrophularia auriculata ‘Variegata’

variegated water figwort

Outstanding Qualities

Variegated water figwort is a handsome foliage plant. Its ovoid leaves are margined with a creamy white. A vigorous clumping perennial ultimately growing to six feet as the plant comes into flower in July. It will grow in part shade to full sun but may need staking in shade. The flowers are small, reddish-brown and only mildly interesting.Scrophularia auriculata 'Variegata' can be cut back hard in middle summer so that a second crop of fresh leaves will develop. It looks great in the spring garden with yellow cowslips, Primula elata, and a variety of grasses and sedges like Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' or Carex elata 'Variegata'.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, purple, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver, chartreuse

Culture Notes

Figwort grows best in rich moist to wet soils with full sun to light or open shade. This colorful perennial will tolerate clay or sandy sites if the moisture is adequate. During dry weather it appreciates regular watering. If it is kept too dry, the foliage can burn. Cut to the ground in fall.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Flower Color: brown

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering or frequent if the soil is sandy