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Physostegia virginianaPhysostegia virginianaPhysostegia virginiana

obedient plant, false dragonhead

Photograph(s) by*: USFWS BES, USFWS BES


Height: 1.5-5'
Flowers: Jun.-Sept.; pink to purple
Fruit: nut/nut-like

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade
Moisture: Dry Moist
Soil pH:
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy


moist open areas, stream banks, shorelines

Native to

Region: Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD VA WV NY PA


Butterfly Beneficial insect *


flowers showy; spreads rapidly by underground stems; best in full sun; can escape cultivation

 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
Last updated: 1 October 2004