The Figwort or Snapdragon Family

This family consists of over 200 genera with around 3,000 species. The term scrophularia in Latin was the name of a plant used for the treatment of scrophulus i.e. swellings on the body.

Taxonomists have been recently moving certain genera from this family into

Summer Snapdragon Baby Jump Up
Snapdragon Monkey Flower
Twining Snapdragon  
Butterflybush Princess Tree
Turtlehead Penstemon
Ivy Leaved Toadflax Cape Fuchsia
Foxglove Figwort
Hebe Gold 'n Pearls
Sage Wishbone Flower
Toadflax Mullein

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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