Obedient Plant

Plant picture

Plant Information

Taxonomic Name: Physostegia virginiana cv. Vivid
Common Name: Obedient Plant
Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Bloom Time: June to September
Height: 12-24 inches
Light Requirements: Full sun
Soil Conditions: Average well-drained soil, Tolerates periodic moisture
Flower Color: Pink, Purple
Wildlife: Hummingbirds
Special Characteristics:
  • Compact, erect, clump-forming
  • Blooms form on a spike from the bottom to top
  • Deadhead to prolong blooms to a lateral bud or leaf
  • Will tolerate clay soils and some part shade
  • Stems tend to flop in rich soils, hot summer temperatures or too much shade
  • Can spread aggressively by rhizomes but easy to control
  • Called the Obedient Plant because you can bend the individual flowers in any direction and it will stay in place
  • Deer tolerant