Obedient plant (Physostegia) is a widely adapted perennial flower that is so-named, not for its compact and controllable growth habit, but for the way the flowers can be bent into a desired direction and they will stay that way. In fact, most obedient plants are rampant spreaders. They can quickly become weedy, especially if grown under ideal conditions (full sun, moist soil).
Now there's a 2010 Fleuroselect, gold medal-winning obedient plant that flowers quickly and can be grown as an annual in a container. The Fleuroselect awards are given to unique flower varieties that have impressed judges in trials in 40 different gardens throughout Europe, America, and Asia. 'Crystal Peak White' flowers in the first year and only grows 15 inches tall and 10 inches wide. The plants are self-cleaning, meaning they drop their spent flowers and don't needing deadheading. Plus, unlike other perennial obedient plants, this variety flowers all summer. It's perfect for containers or annual flowering beds. Since it's in the Physostegia family, it's hardy in USDA zones 2-9.
For more information on this new obedient plant, go to: Fleuroselect.
Article published on July 29, 2009.