(Physostegia angustifolia var. ‘Showy Obedient Plant’)
Showy Obedient Plant is a native clump forming perennial flower that can be commonly found growing in prairies throughout the central and southern 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 light pink snapdragon-like flowers. This plant can be grown in containers, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer, and self sows!
Variety: Showy Obedient Plant
Also Known As: Narrow-Leaved Obedient Plant, Narrow False Dragonhead.
Native to: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas.
Ease of Growing: Moderate
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): August to September
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet to Medium
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts Bees & Butterflies and Hummingbirds, as well as resisting deer.
Sow Depth: 1/4"
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Produces: upright stem spikes, 3-6” sharp-toothed lance-shaped leaves, and light pink snapdragon-like 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)