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Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' (Obedient plant)

Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' PP12637

Obedient plant or false dragonhead

This plant was selected by Darrell Probst of Garden Visions in Hubbardston, MA. 'Miss Manners' is notable for its well-behaved, non spreading habit. It is a compact, clumping form, with excellent secondary branching and good rebloom. Pure white snapdragon-like flowers from June to September over deep green, glossy foliage. A nice late season addition to the garden for bees and hummingbirds.

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Height

18-24 Inches

Spread

12 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Obedient plant Interesting Notes

After 12 years of trialing by US plantsman Darrell Probst, this unique selection of the US swamp native is finally available to gardeners. Unlike other so-called-obedient plants, P. 'Miss Manners' does not aggressively run around like other physostegias... or past presidents. Emerging from a dormant crown in spring, a cluster of green stems shoots upward to 30", each clothed by 3" long, narrow, waxy dark green leaves. The sturdy clumps (unlike P. 'Spring Snow') are topped all summer with pure white snapdragon-like flowers, which can be twisted around the stem and will remain where you put them... hence the common name! - Plant Delights

Genus name comes from the Greek words physa meaning bladder and stege meaning covering, in reference to the calyces which inflate as they develop. Specific epithet is in reference to the State of Virginia which is part of the native range for this plant. Genus members are commonly called obedient plants because each individual flower will, upon being pushed in any one direction, temporarily remain in the new position as if it were hinged. Genus members are also commonly called false dragonhead because the flowers are suggestive of the flowers of dragonhead (Dracocephalum). - Missouri Botanical Garden

Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Obedient plants are heavy feeders, but do not over fertilize or lodging may occur. May be propagated by seed or cuttings. Divide every 2-3 years. Cut back after flowering to reduce height and spread. Excellent for naturalized, border or perennial gardens.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Moist
Moist
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Native to North America
Moist Sun