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OBEDIENT PLANT
Physostegia virginiana

Plant Family.......... Labiatae (Mint) Plant Height .... 3 Feet
Leaf Arrangement..Opposite

Habitat.............Open Areas
Bloom Date............September

Flower Color....Purple

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DESCRIPTION

Obedient plant is also known as False Dragonhead. The plant has opposite lance shaped leaves and bears showy spikes of light purple flowers in September and also earlier. The large tubular flowers have white areas on margins and interior. The common name "obedient plant" results from the fact that the flowers will remain in place after being moved. The other name "False Dragonhead" results from the flower's similarity to a Snapdragon. The plant is easily cultivated and used as an ornamental perennial. In fertile soil it can become a weed pest. Obedient Plant can be found on the trail around the Devil's Racetrack on the Huntsville Land Trust Wade Mountain Preserve.

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