Specie: P. virginiana
Obedient Plant , False Dragonhead
Name in Latin: Lamiaceae
Name in English: mint
Origin: native to most of the United States except for the Pacific Coast states
Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial plant, upright, bushy clump of deep green leaves
Flower:Light purple-pink some white flowering. Blooms are on swivels that can be bent right or left on the stem , giving rise to the common name.
Blooming Period: late July to October
Leaf: Narrow, lance-shaped, sharp-toothed leaves (to 4" long). The long, ovate, serrated leaves are pretty nondescript during the non-flowering part of the season. Some varieties turn red in the fall.
Excellent for cutting, garden bouquets
Care and Handling
Lasting Quality: long lasting
Amount of water: moderate
Nutrition: standard flower food
Attractive to butterflies. Combines well with the blue flowers in the late summer garden, like Caryopteris, Russian sage and Catmint. The spiky flowers are also a nice contract with asters, sedum and coneflowers.