OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Physostegia purpurea   FAMILY Lamiaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Physostegia purpurea   FAMILY Lamiaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 164-13-002:
Dracocephalum purpureum   FAMILY Lamiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Savanna Obedient-plant, Eastern False Dragonhead


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image of Physostegia purpurea, Savanna Obedient-plant, Eastern False Dragonhead

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_purpurea_2_c

August        

Erect, square-stemmed perennial more than 3' tall w showy 1" long corollas, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Physostegia purpurea, Savanna Obedient-plant, Eastern False Dragonhead

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_purpurea_cropped

November        

The stem tends to hold its position if bent, hence its "obedience", per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Physostegia purpurea   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Physostegia purpurea   FAMILY Lamiaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 164-13-002:
Dracocephalum purpureum   FAMILY Lamiaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2900

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Wet savannas, savanna-swamp ecotones, ditches adjacent to former pinelands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink/Lavender
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate calyx
2-lipped tubular corolla, upper lip hood-like
4 stamens, arched under the corolla's upper lip
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Olive-brown
Schizocarp of mericarps

 

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