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FutureStarrObedient Plant Zone
After being sown in late fall before any snow is on the ground, obedient plant flowers begin to open in late summer, slowly blooming from the bottom of the flower stalk upward. They should remain in bloom well into fall. The long, ovate, serrated leaves are fairly nondescript during the non-flowering part of the season. Some varieties turn red in the fall. The white, pink, and lavender flowers form along spikes, in four neat vertical rows, and begin opening from the bottom up. Pollinators like bees and hummingbirds are attracted to the obedient plant, which is easy to grow from seeds and has a germination rate of nearly 100 percent.
Obedient plants can be started from seed, about two months before planting out or divide existing clumps in the spring. Cuttings taken from young, tender shoots also root well. If planting from seeds outdoors, plant the seeds just below the surface of the soil in groups of about two to three seeds spaced about 18 to 24 inches apart. If you're sowing the seeds in containers indoors, the planting depth will be the same. It will take about a week for seeds to germinate. Once the plants are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted to your garden a few weeks after the last frost.One of obedient plant's best features is its long bloom time, about a full month from late summer into fall. The blossoms are light shades of pink and white, a rarity among the hot, bold colors of fall. The flowers look good in a garden setting and also make good cut flowers. The lance-shape serrated leaves are typically a deep green color, but there is also a variegated selection with green leaves edged in cream that take on a purple coloring once nights begin to cool in
A quick-growing native perennial, obedient plant gets its name from the fact that the blooms will stay in place if they are moved to a different position. Obedient plant is vigorous and will easily carpet an area with bloom making it a great choice as a groundcover for hard-to-maintain sites. But, because it can become invasive, place obedient plant in a spot where its spread can be controlled. Obedient plant develops tall spikes of pretty trumpet-like pink, purple, or white flowers in the late summer and early fall that cut well for fresh arrangements. The plants grow 18 to 36 inches tall and are relatively deer resistant. Hummingbirds and butterflies will feast from the fragrant flowers. 16-18" x 15-16" wide. An improved form of our native Obedient Plant, this summer blooming perennial was bred for its compact habit, long bloom time and self-cleaning flower spikes. It grows in a variety of garden conditions and is an excellent choice for rain gardens and containers. Physostegia virginiana 'Crystal Peak White' won Europe's prestigious Fleuroselect Gold Medal. Cut back to just above ground level in mid-spring. Deadheading during the growing season will extend blooming. Fertilize in fall. Spreading slowly by rhizomes, it can be divided every three to four years. (Source: www.highcountrygardens.com)