Cindy M
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Asked on May 5, 2012

What is this?

Stephanie corleySue KieneCarey
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it has smallish purpely pink blooms and about 3 feet tall?
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75 answers
  • The Empty Nest
    on May 5, 2012

    looks to be in the Foxglove family

  • Mary S
    on May 5, 2012

    Lupines?

  • Shelby W
    on May 5, 2012

    foxglove/digitalis, I concur :)

  • Walter Reeves
    on May 5, 2012

    obedient plant Physostegia purpurea

  • Mary S
    on May 5, 2012

    It does look more like foxglove....I just looked at ours outside...not Lupines

  • Andi K
    on May 5, 2012

    confident that it's foxglove latin name...digitalis

  • Jennifer H
    on May 5, 2012

    yep. foxglove. Digitalis!

  • Andi K
    on May 5, 2012

    a picture of the lower leaves/foliage would give better ID

  • June W
    on May 5, 2012

    It is definitely Obedient plant. It is very invasive. I have to pull out tons of them every spring and just leave what I want.

  • Neva F
    on May 5, 2012

    I would say foxglove but it's a little early in VA.

  • Cindy F
    on May 5, 2012

    Looks like Obedient plant to me only it blooms in MI in Aug.-Sept.

  • Tina H
    on May 5, 2012

    Obedient plant!

  • Judith O
    on May 5, 2012

    No, It IS an Obedient plant and I'd stake my life on that. They do spread like crazy but can be pulled out easily as they aren't deep rooted. They are great for a shaded corner and bloom in the FALL. Give some to your friends. www.glenviewgardeners.org

  • Brenda A
    on May 5, 2012

    looks like Veronica (speedwell) ? also looks like the Foxglove, Scrophulariaceae (digitalis) but early, (blooms May-Sept.)

  • Val L
    on May 5, 2012

    Just looked it up in my book, yest it is obedient plant.

  • Terry
    on May 5, 2012

    Obedient Plant or False Dradonhead (Physostegia virginiana) got its common name because you can bend the individual flowers in any direction you like. It does grow like wildfire....but it's great for filling a large empty space that is mostly shady and wet. It is about 2' tall and will multiply about 3' per yr.

  • Eulalia
    on May 5, 2012

    Definitely obedient plant.

  • Carol M
    on May 5, 2012

    wish I had some in my garden. just the right look..

  • Lily
    on May 5, 2012

    Foxglove

  • Becky P
    on May 5, 2012

    Looks like Turtlehead or Obedient Plant

  • Colleen C
    on May 5, 2012

    obedient plant . I used to grow some.

  • Lynda F
    on May 5, 2012

    I believe this a foxglove at least it looks like the last one I had in my yard.

  • Susan S
    on May 5, 2012

    Well, whatever it is, I KNOW I have Foxglove and it definitely is blooming! @Neva S. - Montross is part of the Richmond vicinity so we're not too far apart and my FG is blooming right now. Might depend on where yours is located and how much sun it gets. @Susan P - in Stafford. Oh yeah - another Va. girl and you're REALLY close!! ;~)

  • Jeanne B
    on May 5, 2012

    I love this plant, so beautiful I would never destroy!

  • Cindy M
    on May 5, 2012

    Thank you all, it looks like obedient plant, according to google images.

  • Mary G
    on May 5, 2012

    It's obedient plant, and you will see more and more and more if you don't contain it. I have it at the top and bottom of an incline. The top grows to about 36" but the bottom gets less sun and stays at 18-24". They have newer hybrids now that aren't as invasive.

  • Terry F
    on May 5, 2012

    Obedient Plant is quite the misnomer. If anything, it is NOT obedient in any way. I don't have it in my gardens any more as it's way too invasive and it's kind of a lanky, unruly plant.

  • Susan B
    on May 5, 2012

    Try the version "Miss Manners". It's an obedient plant that is actually obedient -- forms a clump and stays put.

  • Colleen L
    on May 5, 2012

    The flower looks kind of like Honeysuckle.

  • Carol S
    on May 5, 2012

    looks like a foxglove.

  • Mary anne Z
    on May 5, 2012

    i think it looks like foxglove

  • Geri M
    on May 5, 2012

    I do believe it is the Turtlehead plant. I had one in my wildflower bed at my old house.

  • John W
    on May 5, 2012

    obedient plant

  • Laura G
    on May 5, 2012

    could it be a Hosta bloom?

  • Kelly S
    on May 5, 2012

    Looks like the foxglove that volunteered in my back yard. Don't let animals or children get a hold of it. Foxglove is where they get digitalis, the heart drug. It can kill if ingested.

  • Sandra R
    on May 6, 2012

    It really looks like an obedient plant. A picture of the bottom foliage would help. Does it spread through the roots?

  • Cindy M
    on May 6, 2012

    It just appeared this year, in a spot that if it spreads is no big deal, so we're going to keep it and see what happens. It's also mixed in with mint. Literally a wild garden area. Thanks again everybody!

  • BONNIE J
    on May 6, 2012

    HONEYSUKLE IS A VINE. OBEDIENT PLANT IS QUITE UNRULY IT SEEMS!

  • Judy W
    on May 6, 2012

    Here we call these foxglove. I have found it easier to have wildflower gardens, they are so much easier to have and always give me surprises as to color. A big plus has been -----NO WEEDING and more time to enjoy the garden. The foxglove provides such a great background for the wild violets, spider wort, along with the jack in the pulpit, verbenas, wild mint, and pink primroses.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 6, 2012

    Foxglove, or Digitalis, is a different plant. The blooms are not as outfacing as on the somewhat ironically named obedient plant, or Physotegia.

  • Jean M
    on May 6, 2012

    looks like foxglove to me :)

  • Phyllis P
    on May 6, 2012

    Yes, foxglove - or digitalis is the botannical name.

  • Debi M
    on May 6, 2012

    Foxgloves make a nice backdrop in a mixed flower garden because of their height.

  • Gloria W
    on May 6, 2012

    Beard Tongue

  • Judy W
    on May 7, 2012

    Just found the handiest website---uswildflowers.com You can search their database by state, identification of flowers made simple divided by color. Books, websites, journals, maps of areas found, etc. Also common names (average of at least 4 for every flower listed so everybody is right) ----Except the buttercup. buttercup is only yellow.

  • Debi M
    on May 7, 2012

    Gloria K, Dragon Tongue (Beard Tongue) has much smaller flowers and does not grow quite as tall as Foxglove I plant Dragon Tongue in front of Foxglove so I am very familiar with it. Also Dragon Tongue has a "spike" with the flowers on it, where as FoxGlove has leaves and flowers on the same stem

  • Gloria W
    on May 7, 2012

    It sure is not foxglove...cause I've got them planted dosen't look anything like this. Did some research and it is the OBEDIENT PLANT. Which comes in white and pink .

  • Angela G
    on May 7, 2012

    Foxgloves...love them!

  • Linda G
    on May 7, 2012

    Digitalis

  • Beverly P
    on May 8, 2012

    Foxglove, same thing.

  • Carol M
    on May 8, 2012

    obedient plant has it! I have both fox glove & obedient plant. Obedient is just a little more fragile than fox glove that groves wild here.Both are beautiful in my garden..

  • Beverly P
    on May 15, 2012

    You are right, foxglove does look so similar that it is onviously easy to confuse. Guess I better go back to school huh? Lol...sorry for faux pas.

  • Debi M
    on May 16, 2012

    Whatever it is, it is beautiful, wish I had some in my garden

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 16, 2012

    Debi, you could certainly grow obedient plant in North Carolina.

  • Sandra R
    on May 16, 2012

    I have so many I have to pull them out! I'm replanting them along the woods line. They can go nuts there.

  • Jenni C.
    on Feb 1, 2015

    Obedient plant...I have them in a fuscia tone.

  • Bkgriffga
    on Feb 1, 2015

    Its Digitalis,or common name Foxglove

  • Wanda sinnema
    on Apr 19, 2015

    OBEDIENT plant, come in pale pinks-lavender and white..They are anything but what the name implies.. great ground cover for a shaded side. plant one and next year its 3 ft. next year its 5 ft... easy to pull up, travel on underground runners..so be careful where you put them.. I love them in arrangements.. My white one is about 12 in high, lavender is about 3 ft, pink mid size..I stake my lavender one otherwise with wind it can flop over.. BEEs LOVE them, great next to a veg garden.... for pollination.

  • Pam Kaiser
    on Apr 26, 2015

    Obedient plant. It is in the mint family so can be invasive, but very pretty I think. It is not related to Foxglove.

  • Mimi Haywood
    on Apr 27, 2015

    Beard Tounge known also as False Foxglove from Figwort Family Penstemon genus, very closely resembles the Obedient Plant also known as False Dragonhead which prefers moist soil while the Beard Toungue which grows wild also,I found growing roadside just past the lava flows in the New Mexico mostly dry semi-desert. Gathered seed and brought them home to try in the mountains. Time will tell.

  • Verilea poole
    on May 19, 2015

    Foxglove

  • Jean M
    on May 22, 2015

    don't let your cat or dog chew it up if you have either. :(....bad for them.

  • BettyLou
    on Jun 4, 2015

    I thought it was Foxglove, son has quite a few of them. Our dogs seem to leave them alone. Have not heard of other names, but I don't know a lot about them. Tried to get some of the seeds into one of my flower beds by placing stem on dirt but think the seeds had already been spent so no flowers this year in my bed. Son still had blooms though.

  • Katherine
    on Jun 27, 2015

    That's definitely obedient plant. I call it disobedient plant because the dark pink/purple ones are outrageously invasive! They send runners under the soil and pop up everywhere! The white ones are NOT invasive.

  • Wanda sinnema
    on Jun 27, 2015

    agree with Katherine from NC.. Obedient plant.. comes in white, pale pink, lavender, maybe more.. My white one IS invasive..... make nice filler in arrangements.. the lavender one I have grown about 4 ft tall,,

  • Wbirnbaum
    on Sep 19, 2015

    obedient plant - available in pink and also white

  • Laura
    on Jun 16, 2016

    Definitely a foxglove. The drug digitalis is derived from this plant.

  • Debra Spencer
    on Jun 21, 2016

    Digitalis Foxy, aka: foxglove . The drug digitalis was derived from this plant .....can be poisonous if ingested

  • Brenda
    on Jun 21, 2016

    Foxglove

  • Patricia Harris
    on Jun 23, 2016

    It's definitely a foxglove, my mother had them in her garden when I was a child, I am 70 now and still remember them, they're gorgeous.

  • Patricia Harris
    on Jun 23, 2016

    I don't know where they got Canada from? I'm English and live in Spain!!!

  • Carey
    on Oct 8, 2016

    If it is a large plant it is Foxglove. If it is a similar shape but a small flower not a heavy Stem with large leaves it may be an obedient plant. The obedient plant has small bell shaped flowers that bloom up the stem in succession. The Foxglove has a large bell shipped flower that also blooms up the stem in succession but tends to have more flowers in bloom at a time. IT is also a Bi-annual which means that it grows on year, blooms the next and then dies. I didn't have much success with it seeding and continuing to propagate but the Obedient plant seeds prolifically and multiplies quickly. Do a google search for https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&r... or https://www.google.com/search?q=Obedient+Plan... for photo's of foxglove and then obedient plant. My first thought was Foxglove, but after looking at the picture, I wonder if it isn't actually an Obedient Plant

  • Sue Kiene
    on Oct 23, 2016

    my thought was obedient plant as well.

  • Stephanie corley
    on Oct 24, 2016

    It looks like an obedient. You can bend the stem and it will remain bent for a good while thus the name....

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