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Obedient Plant (Physostegia sp.)
These perennial herbs are at home in wet, periodically flooded or swampy patches near ponds. Showy flower stalks are borne 1-2' above the dark green, glossy leaves. The plant's name comes from the fact that the pinkish lavender flowers are "obedient", staying in a new position if turned or moved. Physostegia colonizes readily, perfect for stabilizing muddy banks or low-lying, problem spots.
Our local species, Physostegia pulchella, provides a bright spot of color in June and July when many wildflowers have already faded. Fall Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) extends the bloom season from August to November.
Obedient plant is deer-resistant.