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Obedient Plant  along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring on August 2, 2019.

Above: Obedient Plant along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring. (8/02/19). NOTE: Same location as where Blue Flag Iris was in bloom back in June.


Obedient Plant - Physostegia virginiana

Obedient Plant is a species of flowering plant in the mint family. It is native to North America, where it is distributed from eastern Canada to northern Mexico.

Physostegia are known commonly as obedient plants because a flower pushed to one side will often stay in that position. The name “false dragonhead” refers to the dragonheads of the related Dracocephalum,[3] a genus to which the plant once belonged.

This plant is often grown in flower gardens, and some populations may represent escaped plants from cultivation.

Other names include: obedience, false dragonhead.

For more information on Obedient Plant, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the Wisconsin State Herbarium.


Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on August 15, 2018.
Obedient Plant near Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin on August 29, 2018.
Obedient Plant along Ho-Nee-Um Boardwalk by source of Dancing Sands Spring in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2019.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on July 24, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on July 24, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on July 27, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on July 27, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on July 27, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2020.
Obedient Plant in Thoreau Rain Garden in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2020.

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Obedient Plant
Physostegia virginiana


Obedient Plant along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring on August 2, 2019.

Obedient Plant along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring on August 2, 2019.

Obedient Plant along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring on August 2, 2019.

Obedient Plant along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring on August 2, 2019.

Obedient Plant along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring on August 2, 2019.

Obedient Plant along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring on August 2, 2019.


Above: Obedient Plant (False Dragonhead) along Ho-Nee-Um boardwalk by Dancing Sands Spring in U.W. Arboretum (8/02/19).


Obedient Plant in Thoreau rain garden on August 15, 2018.

Obedient Plant in Thoreau rain garden on August 15, 2018.


Above: Obedient Plant (False Dragonhead) in Thoreau rain garden (8/15/18).


Obedient Plant in Thoreau rain garden on July 27, 2020.


Above: Obedient Plant (False Dragonhead) in Thoreau rain garden (7/27/20).



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