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Physostegia virginiana

Information courtesy of Magna Vista High School students






The Physostegia virginiana is native to America, Canada and Mexico. It is also known as the false dragon's head and the obedient plant. It is known as the Obedient Plant because if you move it, it will stay that position. It is part of the mint family with rosemary and oregano. It was named by Linnaeus.

The Physostegia virginiana blooms between late summer and early fall. It needs full sunlight but will grow in semi-shade. It tolerates a wide-range of soil type: however, it grows better in well-drained soil. Fully developed plants tolerate dry periods fairly well but young plants must be watered regularly. The obedient plant typically grow to be about 4 feet tall, and the dark green leaves are typically 4 to 6 inches long.

The plant reproduces by seeds and stolon growth, and is pollinated by bees and birds.

Benefits/ Niche:

Attracts hummingbirds and bumble bees

Provides nectar for butterflies

Tolerent to clay soil

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