Obedient plant(Physostegia virginiana)
What is an Obedient plant?
The scientific name of an Obedient plant is Physostegia virginiana that belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to North America. You can bend the flower in any direction, so it got its original name. By name, this plant is called obedient, but it is not respectful in the garden because it spreads vigorously. Some of the common names of Physostegia virginiana is False Dragonhead. It is a fun plant for children to play and grow.
Talking about the description of the Obedient plant, it is a rhizomatous herbaceous plant. The plant grows 18 to 36 inches tall. They have long, serrated leaves, about 5 inches long and 1 ½ inch wide. The leaves are ovate, and some of them turn into the red during fall. The flower is tubular, having an upper and lower lip. It blooms bottom to top in each spike during the time in between June to September. The flowers form peaks in four vertical rows that come in many colors like white, lavender, purple, and pink. These attractive flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds towards it. The foliage of this plant includes narrow, lance-shape leaves held in a deep-green colored stem. As it is in the mint family, they have shallow rhizome roots.
Scientific classification of an Obedient plant
Species: P. virginiana
Types of an Obedient Plant
Different varieties of Obedient plant, also called false dragonhead plant, has different height growth with types of colored flowers. Some of the variations of the Obedient plant are:-
1. Physostegia virginiana “Pink Bouquet”:
Physostegia virginiana is a profuse bloomer, and they have soft pink flowers. Its height grows between 2 feet to 3 feet tall. It is an excellent choice for northern gardeners.
2. Physostegia virginiana “Summer Glow”:
Physostegia virginiana is a tall grower having lavender-pink flowers. Its height increases between 3 feet to 4 feet tall.
3. Physostegia virginiana “Variegata”:
Physostegia virginiana has cream-white edges on the leaves of the plant. It produces pink flowers, and its height increases up to 24 inches tall. It grows well in zones 3-9.
4. Physostegia virginiana “Vivid”:
Physostegia virginiana has short and dense clumps. This variety produces sharp spikes of bright purple-pink flowers, and its height grows up to 2 feet tall. It grows well in zones 2-8.
5. Physostegia’ Crystal Peak White’
Physostegia’ Crystal Peak White’ is also known as Crystal Peak White Obedient Plant. They are small and sturdy plant, which blooms from July to September. They have beautiful white flowers suitable for cottage gardening. Its height increases up to 15 inches tall.
6. Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners.’
Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners’ is also known as Miss Manners Obedient Plant. This plant is slow-growing, and it does not spread rapidly as compared to other varieties. Its height grows up to 30 inches tall and wide.
7. Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners Pink’.
Physostegia virginiana’ Miss Manners Pink’ is also known as Miss Manners Pink Obedient Plant. It is a pink form of Miss Manner Obedient Plant that bears pink flowers in the summer. Its height grows up to 30 inches tall and wide.
How to grow an Obedient plant?
They are a quick growing perennial plant. The obedient flower grows well with other blue herbs such as Catmint, Caryopteris, and Russian sage. They also have high contrast with Asters, Joe Pye Weed, Feather Reed Grass, Coneflowers, and Sedum. You can grow the Obedient plant indoors. The plant grows best in fertile, moist soil with adequate drainage in the presence of the bright sun. Germination of the plant occurs in Spring.
How to grow an Obedient plant from seeds?
Plant the seeds in fall or Spring for better results. Steps to grow Obedient plant from seeds
- Take a pot and fill with a mixture of potting and soil.
- Make a shallow hole in the container or pot to add seed in it.
- It is best to add 2-3 seeds in a single container at a distance of ½ inch.
- Cover the seeds with mist and potting mix.
- Water it, and place it in the location where there is full sun.
- After a few weeks, you will start to notice germination.
You can also propagate the Obedient plant by transplanting the seedlings. It is easy to reproduce the plant through dividing as well.
How to grow an Obedient plant from rhizome?
This plant is also grown from rhizomes, which makes transplanting plants easy.
- First of all, dig a hole for growing the small plant.
- Carefully trim the rhizome roots of the plant and wrap them using a damp paper towel.
- Transplant the wrapped rhizome immediately into the another prepared hole
- Fill it with soil and potting mix.
- Water the plant regularly. This keeps the root of the plant moist for healthy growth.
- Do not allow the mud to dry out completely as it may kill the plant.
How to care for an Obedient plant?
You should take care of the plant properly.
- This plant can handle partial shade, but it performs well in the full sun.
- They need at least 12 hours of indirect sun in a day.
- They prefer moist, fertile, slightly acidic, and well-drained soil with a pH value ranging from 5.5 to 6.3.
- Unless the signs of nutrient deficiencies are shown by the plant, do not fertilize them.
- The temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit should be maintained. If the temperature is more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then it can kill the plant.
- You should cut off the dead stalks to clear the compost and avoid spreading of the plant.
- Dig a trench around the plant to stop the roots from growing or spreading.
- Avoid watering the plant during winter
Uses of an Obedient plant
- This plant looks good in the garden area because of its beautiful flowers.
- It is an ornamental plant, and it is also used for decorative purposes.
- Obedient plants are beneficial for wildlife as it attracts honey bees, hummingbird, bumblebees, and many others.
- It has a bitter taste that keeps herbaceous animals at a distance.
The side effect of an Obedient plant is that this plant is not recommended for animals, and it is deer- resistant also.