Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana, the obedient plant. There are two colors, white which is called ‘Crown of Snow’. My white ones bloomed in the middle of August.

Pink which is called ‘Rose Queen’. And yes they are obedient.. they have the peculiar trait of remaining in place while rearranging their tiny blooms. My pink ones are in full bloom right now.


I played around with the blooms so that you can see that they are indeed maneuverable. No hocus pocus, no photo shop..they really are obedient.

This is a zone three perennial, it spreads a tad, by seeds and runners. As you can see they thrive on my no special weeding or watering regimen, which borders on total neglect. They are beautiful survivors! I think my more relaxed carefree gardening efforts yielded some great photo opportunities over the summer, I rather enjoyed my not so perfect wild gardens:)

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5 Responses to Obedient Plant

  1. PrairieWoman says:

    Wanna come to the funeral of my African Violet? I’ve had it for a year and half now, which is a world record for me with any plant. Technically it’s still alive but I think I might have to pull the plug soon.

    Thank God for great gardners like you Far Side!

  2. TechnoBabe says:

    I think PrairieWoman and I are sisters.

  3. Far Side of Fifty says:

    I feel really sorry for you both, but I cannot grow an African Violet either. I did take care of some at one time, and I managed not to kill them for two whole years..but it was touch and go:)

  4. Ms. C says:

    Beautiful photos and empathy for PW’s loss – I too am a serial killer when it comes to plants that need any special care (like water). :-)


  5. buffalogal says:

    the obedient plant resembles the foxglove…a flowering summer plant I have never had any success at growing (probably because of our bitter winters..they DIE)
    I wish I could grow German ivy like my Mom did. I have seen some luxuriant German ivy at a garden in Eventide and nearly swoon with delight..then fold up with disappointment over my inability to have a nice ivy like that!
    PW and I could hold joint funerals for A.Violets and German ivy. Maybe even have a little reception with egg coffee after the funeral and get together with our Blogger buddies and commenters!!! Any reason to gather with good people!

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