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.
Header Photo: Mervin Wallace
Obedient Plant; False Dragonhead
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