Physostegia virginiana (L.) Benth.
Common Name: FALSE DRAGONHEAD, OBEDIENT PLANT
Coefficient of Conservatism: 8
Coefficient of Wetness: -3
Wetness Index: FACW
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Physostegia virginiana A. A. Reznicek

Swamps, shores, river floodplain forests, wet thickets, moist open ground; also roadsides, ditches, near habitations, and other sites where probably escaped from cultivation. Specimens from Alpena, Grand Traverse, and Luce Cos. were surely escaped from cultivation, and some of the others, especially northern ones, are apparently of similar origin. The species appears indigenous north at least to the Grand, Pine, and Au Sable Rivers in the Lower Peninsula and the Menominee River in the Upper Peninsula.

All native Michigan specimens are subsp. virginiana. Cultivated variants of this species may include some results of hybridization.

Locations

Allegan County
Alpena County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Delta County
Dickinson County
Genesee County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Huron County
Iosco County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
Lenawee County
Luce County
Mackinac County
Manistee County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Monroe County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ogemaw County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
Shiawassee County
Tuscola County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 15, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1579.