Sun: Part sun to partial shade

Moisture: Medium to medium-wet

Height: 3-6'

Bloom Time: July-August

Bloom Color: Maroon

Genotype: Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County.

Indigenous interactions: In the Great Lakes area, the Meskwaki used the roots for an unspecified medicinal use (Moerman, 1998).


This tall, airy plant offers numerous tiny, orchid-like magenta flowers that are irresistable to bees and even hummingbirds. Although the flowers are not showy, the fall sprays of round seedpods are eye-catching. Bitter taste; rarely bothered by deer. Attracts native bees and honeybees, wasps, and hummingbirds. Host plant to the Chalcedony Midget moth.

Scrophularica marilandica (Late Figwort)