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Obedient plant is named for the way flowers that are moved to a new position on the stem stay in place, much to the delight of children.
It produces showy, unusual flower spikes with little tubular flowers in white, pink, or purple. They're excellent as cut flowers. Square stems carry pairs of mid-green (sometimes variegated), lance-shaped foliage, toothed along the edges. Obedient plant tolerates most soils, but tends to become aggressive when given ample water and full sun. It tolerates most soils.
Flat white Shasta daisy flowers contrast well with erect spikes of obedient plant in sunny gardens.Daylily
In tones of pink and purple, trumpet-flowered daylilies provide a good foil for pink, white, or purple obedient plant. They enjoy similar conditions.Helenium
Bright yellow and bronze helenium flowers contrast well with the tubular flowers of white forms of obedient plant, in sun or light shade.Artemisia
The fine-textured silver leaves of Powis Castle artemisia serve to cool down hot magenta obedient plant in full sun.