1. Spring Obedient Plant
Name: Physostegia intermedia
Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist soil
Native Range: Southern United States
Spring obedient plant makes a lovely addition to wetland gardens with its long terminal spikes of pink or purple flowers. It is easy to grow and can tolerate light shade and moist, heavy soils. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to its tubular blooms. Spring obedient plant blooms from early spring through midsummer, while its cousin, fall obedient plant (P. virginiana), blooms from late summer into fall.
2. Wooly Ironweed
Name: Vernonia lindheimeri
Size: 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil
Native Range: Mexico and southern Texas
Woolly ironweed is a flamboyant wolf in sheep’s (wooly) clothing. Early in the season it sends up inconspicuous stems that radiate narrow, gray-green leaves. Terminal clusters of whitish flower buds appear at the…
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