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Obedient

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Your photo is *probably* Physostegia virginiana. I hesitate because P. angustifolia is virtually identical in this area of the country. Both typically have thin leaves in SW MO, which is odd and unlike other parts of the country. From plant lists the pattern seems to be that angustifolia prefers limestone-based drier prairies and glades.

On June 2nd we left on a driving trip to the north-central United States that ended up covering over 3700 miles and lasting 21 days. On June 4th we met up with Scott Lenharth, a native plant person that we’ve known since his years in Austin. He’s now back in southwestern Missouri, and that’s where he took us to see the Diamond Grove Prairie several miles east of Joplin. The first thing I photographed was an obedient plant. Scott wrote later to say that it was probably “Physostegia virginiana.  I hesitate because P. angustifolia is virtually identical in this area of the country.  Both typically have thin leaves in SW MO, which is odd and unlike other parts of the country.  From plant lists the pattern seems to be that angustifolia prefers limestone-based drier prairies and glades.  All of that pondering aside, obedient plant is awesome.” May you all be duly awed.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 1, 2016 at 5:11 AM

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