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Physostegia virginiana / Obedient Plant (Mint Family)

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A beautiful and showy plant, but not a plant for the small garden. Obedient plant is a happy spreader and should only be planted in spaces where it can roam freely or naturalize–or try it in a container. It does pull up easily, but you will have to stay on top of it, as regrowth is fast and strong. This wildflower gets its ironic name from the ability to twitch the flowers from side to side and have them stay there. Prefers soil that is a little moist, but drier soils may keep it more in check.This is a great late season nectar source (and pop of color!) for hummingbirds and bees. 
Blooms: Pink, 4-6 weeks, Aug-Oct
Leaves: Medium green,, 4-5”,simple, lanceolate, toothed
Height: 3-4’
Space: 2'
Soil: Average-wet
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Fauna: Bumblebees, small bees, hummingbirds
Seeds: Triangular nutlets
Deer Resistance: Medium
Zone: 6-9
Native Status: NC native, common in the Piedmont and Mountains, uncommon in the Sandhills
Provenance: Unknown, division and seed grown