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Obedient Plant
Physostegia virginiana

Obedient Plant does well in moist to wet sites. This plant gets its name due to the ability of its flowers to be repositioned and grow from their new orientation. They spread by rhizomes and can be on the aggressive side. A good food source for pollinators into the fall.

USDA symbol: PHVI8

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 to 4 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorPink
Obedient Plant (Obedient Plant<div><em class="small">Physostegia virginiana</em></div>)
Photo credit: United States Department of Agriculture (Click to enlarge)

Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience9
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJuly to August
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden, Sandy or Engineered Soils, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui, Lake of the Woods, Lincoln, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Norman, Olmsted, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Wabasha, Wadena, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands