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CommentsThe Figworts have weird little flowers that attract many wasps and bees. They are not grown in gardens very often because these flowers are not very showy (by human standards). The only other Figwort that occurs in Illinois is Scrophularia lanceolata (Early Figwort). This species is less common than Late Figwort; it is restricted to northern Illinois. Early Figwort blooms a little earlier than Late Figwort (hence their common names), although their respective blooming periods overlap. The flowers of Early Figwort are a little longer than those of Late Figwort, and they have sterile stamens that are yellow, rather than reddish brown or purple (both of these are located along the upper interior of the corolla). The seed capsules of Early Figwort tend to be ovoid, while those of Late Figwort are more globular.