Sunday, August 10, 2008

Obedient Plant

This is the obedient plant I picked up at a plant sale. It just started to bloom. I have to say that I really like it thus far. Although I have been warned that it does spread vigorously.

Obedient plant is also known as False Dragonhead. The plant has opposite lance shaped leaves and bears showy spikes of light purple flowers in September and also earlier. The large tubular flowers have white areas on margins and interior. The common name "obedient plant" results from the fact that the flowers will remain in place after being moved. The other name "False Dragonhead" results from the flower's similarity to a Snapdragon. The plant is easily cultivated and used as an ornamental perennial. In fertile soil it can become a weed pest.

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