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Saturday, May 02, 2009

A mystery solved...

Last year a woman brought me a large pot with green growth coming out of it. She said that she didn't know the name of the plant but that it grew very well in her garden. She went on to tell me that if I planted it in my garden I'd always have LOTS of it to sell at my plant sales.

Hmmm, with a description like that I was afraid to plant it in the garden until I knew what it was. I decided to leave it in the pot, it looked perfectly happy there. Later, in August, it bloomed and I knew then that it was Physostegia virginia which I had grown many years ago in my first house. I don't remember it being invasive, I just remember being a bit unhappy that it flopped around and that by the time I realized it was going to flop it was covered with bees and I couldn't stake it.

This spring the pot was still on top of the ground and full of green growth. I slid the plant out of the pot and could not believe the mass of roots inside.

Check this out! Wow, it divided wonderfully well and I potted up a half dozen divisions. Then I took three divisions for myself and put them back in that big pot. I dug a hole in the garden and sunk the pot and all in the hole. It did so well in the pot and I don't remember it flopping very much at all so I think I'll keep growing it this way.

Does Physostegia run or flop for you?


P.S. Even though it rained most of the morning we had a wonderfully successful sales day. Right now I'm locked into my chair here, there's not too many parts of my body that don't hurt :-)

Tomorrow we are going to try for a potting marathon. My goal is a ridiculous 200 pots but you have to aim high. Think we'll get it done?


Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

I just love a happy ending- beautiful plant!

Heather said...

Is that plant also called Obedient Plant? It highly invasive in my yard and I can't seem to irradicate it successfully. It is awfully pretty though and mine doesn't flop at all!

CiNdEe said...

That is a really pretty plant. I don't have any of that here. My peonies fall though and this year I staked them up. So hopefully they don't do that this year!
200 pots is a lot. Maybe you should go for 199(-: Have a fun day!!!!
CiNdEeS' GaRdEn

Connie said...

I love the look of this plant in my garden. It doesn't flop for me, and spreads only slowly, so it doesn't get out of hand.

Joanne said...

What a lovely looking plant and flowers and one that could cope with the other thugs in my garden. Great for your plant sale I hope it went ok.

Gail said...

Runs amok in the garden! But pulls out so easily that it's no problem! I do love it massed in a few spots..the bees and butterfly adore it and it does bloom later in the season. Drier soil under trees.... gail