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Obedient Plant

Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana

Height: 3 to 4'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: June to September

Bloom Color: Pink to White

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, moist, well-drained

Light Requirements: Full sun

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: Physostegia virginiana, False Dragonhead

Featured Plant Category: Focal point, Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens

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Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) is a large 3′ – 4′ native perennial that grows naturally on river banks, in wet thickets, and in prairies. It is adaptable and tolerates both drought and poor drainage, making it an excellent choice for a rain garden. The 1″ tubular white-pink flowers grow on a long, showy, dense raceme. Blooms first appear at the bottom of the raceme and work their way towards the top throughout the season. The individual flowers can be pushed to the side where they will stay in that position, hence name “Obedient Plant.” It blooms from June to September, and is an important late-season nectar source for bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Obedient plant is a host to Henry’s Elfin Butterfly (shown above). We recommend dividing this plant yearly to keep it maintained.


Additional information


3 to 4'

Container Size


Bloom Time

June to September

Bloom Color

Pink to White

Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, moist, well-drained

Light Requirements

Full sun

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Physostegia virginiana, False Dragonhead

Shipping Information

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