Obedient Plant
Commonly known as Obedient Plant because you can bend the individual flowers in any direction. The pale pink blooms are tubular in shape and flower up the stem. This variety is native to Ontario. Attracts Butterflies and is deer resistant. Flowers can be used for cut flowers. Prefers moist to boggy soils.
Botanical Name: Physostegia virginiana
Nom Français: Physostégie de Virginie


Bloom colour: Lavender | Pink | White
Blooms: Fall - Zone 5 | Summer - Zone 5
Pollinators: Butterflies | Hummingbird
Sun or Shade: Full Sun | Partial Sun
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 4 feet (120 cms)
Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec
It grows well in hardiness zones: 3 to 10


Fields and meadows, borders
Water requirement: Prefers moist to wet soils
Not particular about soil but preforms better in more acidic soils


Obedient Plant will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant grows easily and spreads quickly


Spread: About 3 feet


Obedient plant combines well with the blue flowers of the late summer garden, like Caryopteris, Russian sage, and Catmint. The spiky flowers are also a nice contract with asters, sedum, and coneflowers. Because of its obedient habit, it’s a fun plant for children’s gardens. Flowers of the obedient plant make long-lasting cut flowers.
Native to Canada

Styling and Use



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