Physostegia virginiana (Obedient plant)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types

See full plant description below.

Plant Details

Two-lipped, snapdragon-like, pink to pale lilac flowers in upright spikes from June to September.

Called obedient plants because each individual flower will, upon being pushed in any one direction, temporarily remain in the new position as if it were hinged.

Native to North America where it is commonly found in a variety of habitats including open meadows, prairies, stream banks, gravel bars, wooded bluff bases and railroad tracks.

The Genus name comes from the Greek words physa meaning bladder and stege meaning covering in reference to the calyces which inflate as they develop. 

Height and Spread: 90cm x 45cm

Common name(s): Obedient plant, Accommodation flower, Lady of the lake, Toads mouth, False Dragonshead

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.