Plant Care Obedient plant

Obedient plant

About Obedient plant

In the mint family, the obedient plant gets its name from the ability of the flowers on the stalk to be twisted into any position, where they will remain. Obedient plants grow best in moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil and sun to part sun. They can be propagated by seed or by division of roots in the spring.


Physostegia virginiana

Also known as

Obedience and False dragonhead

How to care for Obedient plant


How often to water your Obedient plant

Water needs for Obedient plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Obedient plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Obedient plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Obedient plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Obedient plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Obedient plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Obedient plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Obedient plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Obedient plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Obedient plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Obedient plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Obedient plant

Obedient plant

Obedient plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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