Hardy, herbaceous North American perennial
Description: Rose pink flowers borne in whorls on tall stalks in late summer
Habit: Clump forming plant spreads by underground rhizomes, grows 3 to 4 feet tall
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade in average, well-drained garden soil; can tolerate both dry and wet conditions
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: North America
Attributes: Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Rain garden, Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
This native perennial, also known as False Dragon Head and Virginia Dragon Head, was introduced to gardens in 1683. The corolla of Physostegia will stay indefinitely in whatever position it is turned (hence the common name "obedient plant"), which makes it very popular for floral arrangements. It was recommended by many garden writers of the early 20th century as a companion plant in the back of the perennial border. Heirloom cultivars of this plant include: 'Alba', a white form offered in 1908; and 'Vivid', a bright rosy pink form introduced in 1931. Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginianum) arrives in a 1 quart pot.