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Category: Scrophulariaceae

Figwort Family: Scrophulariaceae

Members of this family are distinguished by their slightly irregular flowers with five petals united at the base and two petals pointing upward and three, downward. Also distinctive of this family, once fruit forms, the thread-like style remains attached to the tip of the seed-containing capsule. Family members include butterfly bush, mudwort, figwort, Culver’s root, and mullein.