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Physostegia virginiana


Botanical Name - Physostegia virginiana

Common Name – Gallipoli Heath, Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead

Description – The ‘Obedient Plant’ is a herbaceous perennial and got its common name because you can bend the individual flowers in any direction. They are very drought and frost tolerant, requiring little water once established. The individual plants tend to grow in clumps, although this plant can spread via suckers. Bird and butterfly attracting.

Flower Time – The mid pink flowers form along spikes are in four neat vertical rows. The flowers opening from the bottom up during summer and autumn.

Size - Grows to 60cm tall x 35-45cm wide.

Use – Suitable for the garden or containers; they are very hardy as a mid-border plant giving colour for a long period.

Position - Full sun to part shade

Maintenance – A trouble free plant, and is not bothered by insects, except the occasional slug. Deadhead the first flush of flowers & a second flush of blooms will appear in autumn. Protect from strong winds. Cut back to the base in winter. Deer resistant.

At a Glance

  • Bee & butterfly attracting
  • Long flowering
  • Full sun to part shade

Perfect for perennial borders

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