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Scrophularia atrata

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Species Name: Scrophularia atrata
Common Name: Black-flowered Figwort

Nice woodland plant. Interesting dark flowers and handsome toothed foliage. Rare and endangered and only found in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Forage source for the Common Checkerspot and Buckeye butterflies.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2-4' H x 3-4' W
Growth Habit: Tall, upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 5,000'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Dark Maroon
Endangered?: List 1B.2 (included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants as rare, threatened, or endangered in CA)
Distribution: southern Outer South Coast Ranges (Santa Barbara, s San Luis Obispo counties.)
Natural Habitat: Calcareous (sometimes diatomaceous) soils

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