Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Physostegia virginiana - Obedient Plant 

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Obedient Plant.
Obedient Plant -  Ohio Native Plant
Obedient Plant- Physostegia virginiana
Photo - © Roger Dahlin
Obedient Plant seeds
Preparing Seeds For Stratification

Wildlife Significance

Pollen Source - Bumblebees

Nectar Source - hummingbirds, butterflies like monarchs and sulphurs. Small bees including: green sweat bees, sweat bees, yellow-faced bees

This was a late summer/early fall hummingbird favorite
, even with numerous Cardinal Flowers still blooming.

Deer - This plant is not a favorite of deer

Visit the Illinois Wildflower website for more details on this plant
Obedient plant seeds
Seeds Ready For Cold Moist Storage

Propagation Notes -

Stratifying Seeds 2013

January 4, 2013
- Seeds placed in Cold Moist Storage  

Fall 2012 - Seeds Collected at Nodding Onion Gardens

Supplies Needed For Seed Stratification -

1. Zip lock plastic bag

2. Few table spoons of Vermiculite

3. Dampened vermiculite - not soggy

4. Store in refrigerator for 60 days

Obedient Plant in wildflower garden
Obedient Plant - Physostegia virginiana
Photo - © Roger Dahlin

Cultivation Information

Flower Color - Pink
Blooms -
August - September
- 2-5 feet
Sun - Full sun/ part shade

Hardy Zone -  3 -9
Soil - moist
pH - 5.0 - 6.5

Family - Lamiaceae, Mint Family

Cultivation -Grow in open areas, as it spreads rapidly. Space plants one foot apart
Obedient Plant
Obedient Plant
Photo - © Roger Dahlin

Seed Provenance -  Physostegia virginiana

Native Bee-Ginnings, PA, 2019, Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2010 - Nodding Onion Gardens 2011 to present