Obedient plant

Physostegia virginiana

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)
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Synonyms:  P. speciosa
Genus:  Physostegia
Obedient plant is a clump-forming native perennial that grows aggressively. From midsummer to early fall, spikes of purple or pink (and sometimes white) flowers rise above sharply toothed leaves to four feet high.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This late bloomer mixes well with asters, grasses, and goldenrods. May need restraint. Good cut flower.
Care:  Provide full sun to part shade and medium moisture. Plants may need staking.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn. Divide in winter or early spring before new growth commences.
Problems:  Rust and slugs can sometimes be a problem.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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