Scrophularia atrata

Black Flowered Figwort

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



This little perennial is endemic to the coastal mountains of Santa Barbara County and the southern tip of San Luis Obispo County. Like its more widespread relative, California bee plant, black flowered figwort grows in an open form with upright stems. The dark green leaves are deltate (triangular) with toothed margins. The little flowers are dark red to nearly black with an interesting arrangement of petals. They bear a closer look. In a mass planting, the flowers can make a nice display. Plant in average soil with at least four hours of full sun.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen