Outdoor Obedient Flower Plants
Growing obedient flower plants in the garden adds a bright, spiky flower to the late summer and fall flower bed. Obedient flower plants are genus of herbs belonging to the Lamiaceae family, or mint family, and it consists of 12 species. The flowers bloom in upright spires in shades of pink, purple or white, and they resemble snapdragons in appearance. Obedient flower plants are referred to as obedient because they are easy to arrange in new positions on the stem. Depending on the species, obedient will bloom from late summer through the fall and into early winter. The blooms make for long-lasting cut flowers. Fully grown plants typically stand 1-4 feet (30.5-122 cm) in height but can be as tall as 6 feet (183 cm). The stems are non-woody and square-shaped, which are characteristics of plants in the mint family. The leaves are dark green on top and a lighter shade of green on the reverse side, and they are narrow with serrated edges. The plant overwinters as a rosette of leaves without stems or flowers.
Obedient flower plants are a popular choice as garden perennials. They are easy to propagate by seed or division, and the blooms are an attractant for hummingbirds and butterflies. They also are a popular choice as a deer-resistant planting. These plants should be fertilized frequently, covered with mulch in the fall, and divided every two to three years.