Physostegia (fye-sos-teej-ee-uh) False Dragon Head, Obedient Plant; Lamiaceae Family. Physostegia are hardy, persistent, decorative, native perennials, blooming in July and August. Slender spikes of pink, purple or white, two lipped, tubular florets are long lasting cut flowers. The individual florets may be twisted to a different position and will stay put, accounting for the name “obedient plant”. Rich, moist soil and full sun or light shade give the best results. Good border plants when in large clumps and fine for the wild garden.
Physostegia virginiana (ver-jin-ee-ay-nuh) is easily grown, interesting perennial, graceful in the July and August border. Individual florets 1 inch cluster to make long spires of bloom on 3 to 4 feet high stems. The leaves are slender, toothed, and blue-green, in basal clusters and along the stems.