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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Physostegia virginiana ssp. praemorsa (Shinners) Cantino
Fall obedient plant, False dragonhead, Lionheart, Obedient plant
USDA Symbol: PHVIP2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Blunt false dragonhead is erect, 1–2 feet tall, with no branches in the upper part. Leaves are opposite, 1 1/8–2 3/4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide or less. The larger leaves are on the lower part of the stem. The upper ones are sharply toothed. There are many large, showy flowers on the upper portion of the stems. Flowers are 1 1/4 inches long, pinkish lavender, spotted with rose-purple. The 2-lipped blossom has 4 stamens and is inflated at the throat.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Flowers 1 inch Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NM , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV Native Habitat:
Near lakes or ponds, Stream, river banks USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Bog or pond area, Showy, Blooms ornamental Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff