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This tall Virginia native has spires of bright pink flowers and can be seen growing along waterways and woodland trails. It makes an excellent addition the back of the border, but be prepared for some spreading. It does not earn its name by staying in one place, but due to the ability to manipulate the flowers in different directions.

Latin Name

Physostegia virginiana



Also Known As

False Dragonhead

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

July - September


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Clay Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Native Range

    North America


    The famous plantsman John Bartram sold obedient plant in his catalog by 1770.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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