(Physostegia virginiana var. ‘Obedient Plant’)
Obedient Plant is a native perennial flower that can be commonly found growing in prairies and meadows, and along railroads and streams throughout central and eastern United States. At maturity, this plant can reach the height of 2-4' and features upright stem spikes, 3-6” sharp-toothed lance-shaped leaves, and pink two-lipped tubular flowers. This plant can be grown in containers, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Variety: Obedient Plant
Also Known As: False Dragonhead
Native to: Alabama, Alberta, Arkansas, British Columbia, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Labrador, Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Mexico Northeast, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northwest Territory, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Yukon.
Introduced into: Great Britain.
Ease of Growing: Moderate
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): June to September
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade. Stems tend to flop if it gets too much shade or hot summer temperatures.
Soil Moisture: Medium. Tolerates wet soil.
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts Bees & Butterflies, Hummingbirds, as well as being resistant to deer.
Containers?: Yes. This species is an aggressive spreader in the landscape by both rhizomes and self-seeding.
Sow Depth: 1/4"
USDA Zone: 3a-10b
Produces: upright stem spikes, 3-6” sharp-toothed lance-shaped leaves, and pink two-lipped tubular flowers.
Don’t fertilizer your obedient plants, unless they show signs of nutrient deficiencies.
Long season gardeners can get a second flush of blooms if you deadhead the first flowers. This will also cut down on the self-seeding.
Wait until spring to cut back old foliage. Leave it on the plants to act as a protective winter mulch.
Yarrow: Red (Achillea millefolium rubra)