* Physostegia virginiana, Obedient Plant

~Not offered in 2023 due to lack of germination~

Physostegia virginiana

Virginia False Dragonhead or Obedient Plant

  • Average to high moisture soils 
  • Full Sun to part shade
  • 4’ tall, 1’ to 2’ wide, spreading to form a patch
  • Late Summer Blooms
  • Ontario Native, Thrives in High Moisture Ecosystems, Gardens, Meadows and Open Woodlands

Just beginning to become established in the spaces I tend, False Dragonhead is rather famous for their capacity to wander around and overwhelm less enthusiastic species.

Their showy, late summer blooms are rich in nectar and attract, and feed, a lot of pollinator species.

While they enjoy a high moisture setting, they adapt perfectly well to average or even slightly dry conditions, where their tendency to wander, or overrun, can be moderated to the point where they play well with less enthusiastic spreaders.

In areas with ideal conditions, pair them with similarly rambunctious species like Prairie Sundrops, Monardas and Panicled Aster or with species that are quite accomplished at holding their own, like Joe-Pye-Weed and Swamp Rosemallow.

These plants are grown from seeds from the Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library.

The photos are from a B&B I stayed at a few years ago in Vermont.

The Online Plant Nursery will re-open for orders on Tuesday, May 17th

Pickups will begin the following week.

I will be offering plug sized plants for $1.25 each or 5 for $5. 

I'm in the process of adding species that I expect to offer this spring to the listings since they are starting to germinate and I'm starting to get an idea of which will be available in abundant quantities.

Since the list is much longer this year I've added several categories to help narrow down your options based on a variety of criteria.

For those who have already adopted seedlings, planting instructions can be found here.