Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Obedient Plant; False Dragonhead

Physostegia angustifolia
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment:
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Pink / Rose
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Obedient plant or false dragonhead by Mervin Wallace
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
36
inches

Spread:

to
18
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: to
18
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: to
18
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in borders, meadows, and natural areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Moderately dry soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Mostly unbranching stems with two rows of opposite, narrow leaves ascending from the stems. Pink tubular flowers are arranged in the same orderly fashion as the leaves at the tops of the stems. “Obedient” refers to the ability of the flower to remain in a new position after being bent or twisted on the stem. A related species, P. virginiana, is taller, likes moist soil, and can be aggressive.

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