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PlantFiles: Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead
Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Physostegia (fy-so-STEEJ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: virginiana (vir-jin-ee-AN-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Miss Manners
Additional cultivar information: (PP12637)
Hybridized by Probst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cottelpg On Jul 1, 2014, cottelpg from Hamilton, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Years ago I planted the pink Physostegia virginiana in my border. It was so aggressive that it nearly ran me off the property. I vowed, Never again. Then at a conference I heard about Miss Manners and decided to give it a try. As its name implies, this is a perfectly well behaved plant. It blooms a beautiful white in early summer and is showy up close and from a distance. Miss Manners has a long blooming season. Rabbits will nibble them, especially as they emerge.

Neutral coriaceous On May 21, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This was a spontaneous seedling of Physostegia virginiana 'Rosea' discovered by Darrell Probst.

Physostegia virginiana is highly pH adaptable---anything from pH5 to pH8 will do.

Positive gardeningfun On Jan 3, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

zone 5a; heavy clay soil, heavy winds with no protection, and blizzards (we near Lake Erie). Does fantastic. I bought 3 small plants from Bluestone Perrenials for $1.33 each and they bloomed beautifully that first summer and multiplied by the next and the 3rd year they look like the picture posted. They aren't blooming in picture, but you can see the buds. This specific Obedient plant does not spread invasively like the Vivid purple one! That one has tried to take over both gardens I put it in. I just pull the plant out and give it away or don't allow it to grow wider. This white obedient plant stays in it's place and just gets a little fuller each year. I love it!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

PHYSOSTEGIA virginiana ' Miss Manners' - Obedient Plant - Medium 18-24" - Plant 14" apart. zone 4-9. Glistening white, snapdragon flowers over shorter, deep green, glossy foliage. Very well behaved non-spreader.

General Information:
Many spikes of flowers in mid summer. Each spike holds its many flower buds in rows which open sequentially from bottom to top. Drought resistant. Its common name arises from the ability of the individual flowers to hold any position you fancy to give them. Will take any space you give it, making a glorious show en masse. Good cut flower, Best selection for the coldest areas (zones 3 & 4)

Positive Epiguy On Jan 16, 2007, Epiguy from Hubbardston, MA wrote:

Unlike other varieties of Physostegia which can spread by underground rhizomes quite a lot, Miss Manners is totally clump forming. Ten year old plants in my garden are no more than a foot across at the base. Other varieties would have completely consumed my garden had they been left alone without annual removal of most of the basal plants in spring. A gorgeous plant and one of my favorites for long bloom, disease and pest free and stands up well without requiring staking. An excellent cut flower as well!

Positive Loonie1 On Sep 6, 2006, Loonie1 from Rowlett, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've had this in a planter for years (I don't want it in the ground because it's very invasive in this climate), and it weathers the summers and winters like a champ. It is the easiest container plant I have, needs very little maintenance, and laughs at our heat.


Positive earlymorn On Jul 2, 2004, earlymorn from Warren, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Miss Manners has been growing in my garden (Full Sun) for the past two years. It hasn't spread past the area it first appeared and seems to need little care from me, as I've done nothing with it but admire it's pretty white spires from my garden window.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Laurel, Delaware
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Aurora, Illinois
Campbell Hill, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Huntington, Indiana
New Carlisle, Indiana
Warren, Indiana
Davenport, Iowa
Pacific Junction, Iowa
Junction City, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Dracut, Massachusetts
Hubbardston, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Charlevoix, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
, New Brunswick
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Nineveh, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Rowlett, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Olympia, Washington
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Schofield, Wisconsin

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