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common name for some members of the Scrophulariaceae, a family comprising chiefly herbs and small shrubs and distributed widely over all continents. The family includes a few climbing types and some parasitic and saprophytic forms.
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Flowers that open and close their “mouth” when squeezed. Yellow, pink, purple, white or red flowers on top of tall spikes. Some are pink or purple with yellow “lips”. Spirally-arranged lance-shaped leaves. Bland tasting but edible. Contains anthocyanin which can easily convert to flavonoids that help endometriosis. Also used to increase sexual desire and calm nervous tension in women during menstruation. Muscle relaxer. Aids liver in carbohydrate metabolism, which improves energy levels.
any of several scrophulariaceous chiefly Old World plants of the genus Antirrhinum, esp A. majus, of the Mediterranean region, having spikes of showy white, yellow, pink, red, or purplish flowers