“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
A multi-stem shrub that dies to the ground occasionally. Flowers are tiny and massed in tight spikes
to 4 feet
Basal leaves in a whorl; smooth, narrow, with a long stalk; margin smooth or with small teeth.
Found in prairies, glades and savannas throughout the Ozarks and prairie regions of Missouri. Obedient plant blooms in late spring and is occasionally used in seeding mixes, but is easy to establish from seed. It blooms the second year after seeding. Another species of obedient plant, false dragonhead, is also found on Missouri glades and blooms in late summer.