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Obedient plant spreads by rhizomes and forms colonies, an attractive soil stabilizer. Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Obedient plant spreads by rhizomes and forms colonies, an attractive soil stabilizer.
Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Typical inventory plug USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 10 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Physostegia virginiana

Obedient plant

Physotegia virginiana features pink snapdragon-like flowers with narrow, lance-shaped foliage. If the flowers are pushed in any direction, they will temporarily remain in the new position, giving the plant its common name, obedient plant.

While pretty, this plant can be a rampant, aggressive spreader. It should be monitored to make sure it does not become invasive in the garden. Plants spread by rhizomes and can form large colonies.

Grows best in moist to wet soils in full sun to part shade. 


Height:

2-4 ft

Spread:

2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-9

Bloom Color:

Pink

Physostegia virginiana Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Hummingbirds

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Wet

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower
  • Clay Soil

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PHVI8