Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie, Wetland
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
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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)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Hummingbird, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds, Food/Pollinators, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

36 to
48
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Establishment and Care Instructions
Best in rich, loamy soil that remains on the moist side. Can spread aggresively in rich soil, an advantage when used as a ground cover.
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping, Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

A long-blooming member of the mint family with tall unbranched stems topped with many snapdragon-shaped flowers. Hummingbirds, bumble bees, bees, and sphinx moths use the flowers. Seldom eaten by deer or small mammals.

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