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Physostegia virginiana

Also called False Dragonhead


Physostegia virginiana - Obedient Plant

More About Physostegia virginiana

  • Upright, clumping habit
  • Dense spikes of pink to pale lilac, occasionally white, snapdragon-like flowers
  • Each flower is surrounded by a small, leaf-like bract
  • Narrow, lance-shaped, serrated, green leaves
  • Fast-growing and spreads to cover a large area
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to early fall
  • Flower Height: 125 cm
  • Foliage Height: 110 cm

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

The common name "obedient plant" refers to the individual flowers that can be moved into new positions. 

Zone:

3

Height:

100-125 cm

Spread:

60-80 cm

Colour:

Pink
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Obedient Plant Growing and Maintenance Tips

Naturally found near river banks, swamps or in wet, low sites. Grows best in an average to moist, or wet soil, in full sun to partial shade. Prune in late spring to establish a compact, bushy habit and to prevent the plant from flopping over.


Physostegia virginiana Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Moist to Average

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Physostegia virginiana