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Linda, could you please help identify this plant? Thanks, Gary


Linda, could you please help identify this plant? Thanks, Gary Certainly. The plant in your picture is Physostegia virginiana or Obedient Plant, also known as False Dragonhead. This plant is a member of the Mint family and is actually a native plant seen from the east coast of the US and Canada to the Midwest. It is called Obedient Pant because the individual flowers can be turned to aim in almost any direction and they stay where you pointed them! The native species of this plant can be quite invasive and spreads by rhizomes which are underground stems that send out roots and shoots at nodes along the stem. Fortunately, in recent years there have been a number of improved cultivars created that are clumpers or slow spreaders and are not invasive. It is a plant that blooms throughout the summer into the fall with white, pink or purpleish flowers. Obedient plant can grow up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide and may need staking to keep it upright. It is pollinated by hummingbirds, butterflies and bees and is reportedly deer resistant. It can grow in a variety of garden conditions, but prefers full sun and moist but well drained soil. It is also an excellent choice for containers.

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About Linda Lillie

Linda K. Lillie is the President of Sprigs & Twigs, Inc, the premier landscape design and maintenance, tree care, lawn care, stonework, and carpentry service provider in southeastern Connecticut since 1997. She is a graduate of Connecticut College in Botany, a Connecticut Master Gardener and a national award winning landscape designer for her landscape design and landscape installation work.


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