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Physostegia virginiana

Common Name(s):
False Dragon Head, Obedient plant
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

Obedient plant gets its name from the ability of the flowers on the stalk to be twisted into any position, where they will remain; can be invasive in rich, moist soils, so gardeners should divide clumps every year or so to keep plants contained, and pull out plants invading other parts of the garden.  Great choice for a meadow garden.  Visisted by bees and other pollinators.  

Season:
late summer to early fall
Height:
36-48 in.
Flower Color:
Pink
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 2-9
Foliage:
Smooth, erect, often-branching stem; 1.5-5 in. sharply toothed, lance-shaped leaves
Flower:
1 in. pale purple to rose flowers borne in a showy terminal spike; the corolla is swollen at the throat; upper lip is domed; lower lip is spreading and has three lobes
Site:
Moist soil; sun to partial shade; wet meadows, bogs, banks of streams
Propagation:
Division by root in spring, seed
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil:
Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Eastern North America, North Carolina
Tags:
pink, sun, summer, partial shade, bees, perennial, honey bees, fall, pollinators, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 761

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