To my mind, this little plant, Physostegia virginiana, has a mind of its own. Give it a start in a mesic environment, and watch it take off, colonizing as much territory as you will allow. So why is it called “Obedient Plant”? It seems that when you move the tubular flowers to reposition them on the stem they are “obedient” ands retain their new position. Another common name for this member of the mint family is False Dragonhead because of the flowers’ pink, mouthlike appearance. It’s a native and a pretty plant, adding a springlike hue to our colorful fall flora.