Who doesn’t want a little novelty in their garden?

Who doesn’t want a little novelty in their garden? For those of us looking for something different, why not consider the peculiar early and late figworts? Though nowhere near as showy as other flowering species, these two plants are nonetheless wonderful garden additions. Enjoying some sun, moist to somewhat dry conditions, and loamy, these figworts are sure to please. Their peculiar looking flowers may not look like pollinator beacons but they assuredly are. Producing copious amounts of nectar, the small, oddly shaped blooms are visited by everything from bees to butterflies to hummingbirds. A close inspection of the flowers is needed to tell these two apart from each other, though, as their common names suggest, their flowering times rarely overlap. Early figwort () blooms from May until July whereas late figwort () blooms from July until October. Each can obtain heights of well over 5 feet and will readily reseed in the right conditions. Their beauty is hard to capture in photos. These are definitely plants best enjoyed close up and in person. The tissues of these plants contain many acrid compounds and thus they are rarely browsed upon by herbivores. Rarely available from most nurseries, planting these strange figworts will surely bring joy and novelty to any native landscape.



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