'Miss Manners' is aptly named because, unlike many other kinds of obedient plant, this one is clump forming and doesn't spread throughout the garden. Stiff, square stems end in dense spikes of pure white, snapdragon-like flowers, which bloom throughout the summer. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the nectae. Deer tend not to eat this plant.
Good nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds
Good ground cover for wildlife
Pure white flower spikes bloom for many weeks
Good cut flower
Forms clumps and does not become invasive
Open meadows and prairies; Quebec to Manitoba south to New Mexico and Florida.
Some members of the genus Physostegia are commonly called obedient plant because each individual flower will, upon being moved in any one direction, temporarily remain in the new position as if it were hinged.
Easy to grow in full sun or light shade. Plant in well-drained, consistently moist soil. Does not tolerate drought so needs to be watered in dry spells. A light summer mulch helps retain soil moisture and keeps roots cool.