Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)

Mint family (Lamiaceae) | Wildflowers and Herbs plant group
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This plant is known as the Obedient plant because if you push the flowers to the right or left, they will stay in the new position, at least temporarily. The flowers look like small snapdragons, but the square stem is a clue that this plant is in the Mint family.

Identification Hints
This plant is known as the Obedient plant because if you push the flowers to the right or left, they will stay in the new position, at least temporarily. The flowers look like small snapdragons, but the square stem is a clue that this plant is in the Mint family.
Did You Know?
Obedient plant spreads by stolons (roots that grow horizontally just above or below the soil surface) so these plants sometimes form extensive clumps. The flowers generally appear sometime from late July to October.
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