The Obedient plant is so named because it does something that my children find impossible, its flowers briefly stay in place when they are moved!
Physostegia virginiana is an excellent plant for moist soils where you need a fast growing ground cover. As with other members of the mint family, the root system spreads quickly underground, so plant in a location where large spread is desired (It’s easy to keep in check by pulling up the shallow roots). The pink, late summer blooms provide an abundance of nectar for bees and butterflies well into the fall.
Source: grown from seed originally from Helia Native Nursery, western MA. Original provenance unknown.
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient plant)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: average, moist height: 4' plant spacing: 1 per square foot bloom time: August, September bloom color: pink
good plant companions
cardinal flower, turtlehead, closed gentian, New England aster
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)