obedient plant – physostegia

27 Aug

Also called false dragon’s head and Virginia lion’s-heart, this late-season bloomer is reminiscent of snapdragons. Flowers form in clusters, with the center spike opening first. When all the spikes are in bloom, it looks like pink candelabra. It grew extremely well through July’s heat wave, although some of the flower tips did turn brown. I pinched them off and the plants seem none the worse for wear. The stems get 2′-3′ tall and the clumps grow larger each year. Technically, this plant can be grown in sun or shade, but I’ve found the stems stay more upright in full sun.

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