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White Obedient Plant

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Obedient Plant produces beautiful white spike blossoms, on top of tall green stems. This plant adds texture and attracts hummingbirds to any garden. Obedient plant needs no pampering whatsoever once it’s established. It can grow from 1-3 feet tall and outwards of 1- 3 feet. Plant along woodland edges or near ponds or streams in part sun/part shade. (Physostegia virginiana)

Zones 3 - 9
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 36-48" tall, 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Plant - 3.5" pot

Plant Information

"Obedient" comes from the fact that if you turn one of these tubular little blooms this way or that, it simply stays put, obediently. Kids love this wildflower, but gardeners do to, since it makes a great screen or large bush wherever you need it, especially in moist spots. Tolerates shade well, too.
Common Name Obedient Plant
Botanical Name Physostegia virginiana
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Cut Flowers, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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