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Obedient plant

Physotegia virginiana


Plant Type


Hardiness Zone

2 - 9

Flower Color

Pink, purple, white

Bloom Period

July through September

Height at Maturity

3-4 feet

Width at Maturity

18-24 inches

Sun Requirements

Full sun or light shade

Soil Type

Rich, moist soil or clay

About this species:

This plant is part of the mint family (labiatae) and known as an herbaceous perennial which is native to

the Eastern United States. It is found in clumps and can spread aggressively in rich soil. The spikes produce pink, purple or white tubular florets. These florets can be twisted into different positions and will stay, hence the given name obedient plant. Propagation can be by crown divisions or seeds.

It is a welcome addition to any wildflower garden and makes a long-lasting cut flower.

The obedient plant is a benefit to insects. Bumblebees and butterflies are attracted to this plant, as are moths drinking nectar. Its seed is used as food for birds in winter and nesting material in the spring. It is found to be deer and rabbit resistant


Key to Label Symbols:

Hollow stems, leaves and roots are sources of shelter for wildlife. Insects may make a winter home under dropped leaves. Other animals may make shelters within the roots of the plant.
Food Source
Birds and other wildlife use the seeds, berries and leaves for their food source. Leaves may be used to help build nests for birds
Nectar Source
Bees, butterflies, birds and some insects use nectar for their food. Pollen is also used by some wildlife.
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