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Physostegia virginiana

Physostegia virginiana (L.) Benth.

 

Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusPhysostegiaNew Latin, from phys-, relating to the body; plus Greek stegē, “roof;” plus New Latin -ia; akin to Greek stegein to cover, shelter
SpeciesvirginianaFrom or referring to Virginia

About plant names...

Obedient plant is a North American native. They are so named because a flower pushed to one side will often stay in that position, at least for awhile. Another common name, false dragonhead, derives from the resemblance to “real” dragonheads (Dracocephalum)—a genus to which obedient plants were once thought to belong. Several cultivars have been created. In the wild, obedient plant is found on or in swamps, stream banks, ditches, damp meadows and prairies, moist open woodlands, bogs, and pine savannas.

Plants: Produces multiple stems 24-48" (60-121 cm) tall, unbranched except near the flowering tops. Stems are square in cross-section, as with most members of the mint family. They spread via their root systems, and can be quite aggressive if there is ample moisture.

Leaves: Leaves are lance-shaped (lanceolate), 5" (12 cm) × 1½" (3.8 cm), hairless, attached directly to the branch (sessile), with sharp-pointed teeth. Leaves are dark green above, lighter below.

Flowers: Flowers are tubular, somewhat snapdragon-like in appearance, pink to lavendar or white, opposite, appearing in dense terminal spikes up to 10" (25 cm) long. There are two opposite-facing columns of densely packed flowers. Each flower is about 1" (2.5 cm) long. Viewed from the front, each flower has five lobes, two above and three below. Flowers appear from late summer to early fall.

Fruits: Seeds are weakly three-sided dull brown nutlets ⅛" (3.2 mm) in size.

Online References:

Physostegia virginiana on illinoiswildflowers.info

Physostegia virginiana on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

Physostegia virginiana at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Physostegia virginiana on floridata.com

Physostegia virginiana on Wikipedia

Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead)

9/27/2013 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 7 × 6" (17 × 14 cm)

Physostegia virginiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 18 Jul 2017.

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Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead)

9/27/2013 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead)

9/27/2013 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm)

Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead)

9/27/2013 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 7 × 9" (16 × 21 cm)

Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead)

9/27/2013 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

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