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Fall Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana

The flowers are “obedient” to the wind making it an easier pollinator perch



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Physostegia virginiana, commonly called Fall Obedient Plant, is a native perennial forb (wildflower) in the mint family. In Missouri, it is commonly found in a variety of habitats including open meadows, prairies, stream banks, gravel bars, wooded bluff bases and railroad track right-of-ways.

Wildlife notes

Bumblebees are the most important pollinators of the flowers. Occasionally, other long-tongued bees and the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird may visit the flowers. These visitors seek nectar from the flowers. Like other members of the Mint family, Fall Obedient Plant is probably not a favored source of food for mammalian herbivores.

Forage notes

Plants in the mint family are typically not favored for grazing.

Landscaping notes

This plant prefers full or partial sun, and moist to average conditions. Growth is best in rich loamy soil, but it can contain some gravel or clay.  This plant is easy to grow if the site is not too dry. At moist sites, it sometimes spreads aggressively. Good choice for borders, cottage gardens, wild gardens, prairies or meadows.

Restoration notes

Habitats include moist to mesic black soil prairies, thickets, openings in woodland areas and along woodland borders, moist meadows along rivers and borders of lakes, seeps, limestone glades, and open moist areas near railroads.

This plant is commonly used in the following mixes: Prairie Patchwork Mix


Videos About This Plant

To learn more about this plant, check out our videos about it and its uses.

Prairie Patchwork | Native Wildflower Mix

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

10 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average, Moist



Bloom Month

Aug, Sep



Specialty Uses

Hummingbird, Landscaping, Cut Flower

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.