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Figwort family

species figworts

Figwort family, or Scrophulariaceae, group of about 3,000 species of plants growing mainly in temperate regions. Members of the family have bell-shaped flowers and thin stems, and the leaves often grow in pairs. The wild mullein and the cultivated snapdragon are figworts. Some figworts are used in medicine, including a species of foxglove from which the heart medication digitalis is produced.

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