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Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners'

Obedient Plant /

'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

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

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.

24-30 Inches


18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Open meadows and prairies; Quebec to Manitoba south to New Mexico and Florida.

Native Trivia

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.

"These big spikes of showy flowers are easy for my butterfly friends and me to find."

Good Companions
Smooth Aster (Aster laevis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Medium to Tall Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
  • Fall
  • Late Summer
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Wet Sun
Native Habitat
  • Grassland
  • Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Cut or dried flower
  • Drought tolerant
  • Meadow
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin