Common Name: Obedient plant
Cultivar: subsp. speciosa 'Variegata'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Moist
Time to plant seeds: September to November
Time to divide plants: January to March
This variety forms a loose, spreading, bushy plant, from which grow short, upright spikes of upward-facing, tubular, lipped flowers, resembling mini-snapdragons at first glance. The flowers are mauve-pink and appear from mid-summer, continuing into early autumn. They contrast beautifully with the silvery variegated foliage.The name obedient plant comes from the odd fact that the flower-heads, when moved from their usual position, stay put instead of springing back as most flowers would. Grow in reliably moist soil in sun or partial shade. To propagate, divide plants while they are dormant in winter or ealy spring.
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