Physostegia purpurea

obedient plant, eastern false dragonhead

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Synonyms:  also Physostegia godfreyi, Physostegia leptophylla

wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      pink,purple
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Wildflower garden.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Adaptable


wildlife plant  
Attracts pollinators.
Native Habitats: Wet prairie, wet savannas, hydric pine flatwoods, cypress sloughs, marl prairies, marshes, ditches.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Several species. The most common is P. purpurea.