Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead 'Miss Manners'

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: Miss Manners
Additional cultivar information:(PP12637)
Hybridized by Probst
Registered or introduced: 1999



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

This was a spontaneous seedling of Physostegia virginiana 'Rosea' discovered by Darrell Probst. I've grown it for 3 years, and it's proved to be a mannerly clump former even in rich moist soil. It repeat blooms if the spikes are promptly deadheaded.

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


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!


On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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)


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!


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.



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.