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petitelake

NE Illinois Zone 5b exploring perennial plant combinations while transitioning to low maintenance gardens.

Physostegia virginiana 'Vivid'

  • Season Icon Late SummerLate Summer 2020
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petitelake

My #obedientplant is not so obedient these days. It just falls over into a big mess. Other than propping it up are there suggestions as to why this is happening and can it be trimmed earlier in the season to control the height without negatively impacting blooms.

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emch

It can, but above all what it needs is a good balance of water and sun. More sun = less droopage.

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petitelake

@emch it's full sun so it sounds like I need to work on water balance.

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emch

Another thought is that some outdoor creature may be lounging on them. They came by the name Obedient Plant honestly -- as the stem is bent the plant is shaped. I've never found them willing to re-bend a second time in a different direction.

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