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Physostegia digitalis (False dragonhead)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Physostegia digitalis

Physostegia digitalis Small

False Dragonhead, Finger False Dragonhead

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)


USDA Symbol: PHDI7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This stout, upright perennial grows from 3-6 ft. The solitary stem may be branched in the flowering portion. Numerous purple-spotted, lavender, rose, or whitish, funnel-shaped flowers are clustered in a dense, terminal spike.

This plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: E. TX to LA & s.w. AR
Native Habitat: Sandy, open pinelands; swampy areas; grasslands; forest edges

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Sandy, moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FACW
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Physostegia digitalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Physostegia digitalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Physostegia digitalis


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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