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Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead 'Bouquet Rose'

Physostegia virginiana

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: Bouquet Rose



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall




Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Parker, Colorado

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

Macy, Indiana

Iowa City, Iowa

Croton On Hudson, New York

Himrod, New York

Burritts Rapids, Ontario

Huron, South Dakota

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 3, 2007, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I agree that this is not a very Obedient Plant!
It spreads everywhere and has to be dug out, cause if simply pulled it will sprout back in no time.

One good thing about it though is that it will grow in nasty conditions where not much else will. I have it growing in baked dry clay soil in part shade and it does well.


On Jan 11, 2007, threegardeners from North Augusta, ON wrote:

This plant is not very "obedient", after struggling with it for a few years, I ripped it all out and sent it to the back field. It will take over the world if allowed. I had a little success by planting it in a burried plastic ring, 8" in depth, but the plant grows so vigorously it choked itself out in no time. Its quite happy now growing on the tree line at the back of the property.


On Oct 13, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a relatively carefree garden perennial which thrives in almost any soil and even in part shade. It rarely blooms before September 1st here and then continues until killing frost. The flowers are sensitive to touch, and can be moved from one position to another by a nudge with the finger.