Obedient Plant - Hardy Bog
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  • Hardy Bog Plant
  • Blooms Throughout Summer
  • Increases Natural Filtration

Obedient Plant overwinters as a basal rosette of willow-like leaves; during the growing season wand-like square stems emerge and bear leaves in opposite pairs. This plant has opposite lance shaped leaves and bears showy spikes of light, tubular shaped purple flowers. The light purple blossoms are long lasting as cut flowers. They are especially easy to arrange because flowers pushed to face a different direction from the stem will stay in their new positions obediently, which is where the plant got its name.

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Bog Plant - Obedient Plant
Obedient Plant
Plant Type Bog Plant
Hardiness Zones 3 To 12
Growing Light Full Sun To Full Shade
Flower Color Purple
Bloom Time Summer
Plant Size Vertical Up To 36"

Mail Order: What To Expect

Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Obedient Plant will arrive in a 2" Pot (roots with some foliage). Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!

Planting Instructions

Plant directly into pond and water garden planting shelves or you fill individual planting containers loosely with aquatic planting media, placing the appropriate fertilizer tablets into the bottom half of the planting media and covering them over, then filling planting media 2/3 to the top. Place the plant in the center of the pot with the roots spread out over the planting media, and then continuing to cover the roots with planting media. The crown of the plant, which is the connection between the roots and stems, can usually be about 1" below the surface of the planting media for best results. Avoid using bagged potting mix and other lightweight soils because they will float and continually cloud pond water.


Regular fertilization of your Obedient Plant will keep it growing well all season long. CrystalClear® Thrive™ Aquatic Plant Fertilizer or TetraPond® LilyGro™ Aquatic Plant Food or Laguna Plant Grow Fertilizer Spikes can be pushed into the soil at planting time and from April through August, following all manufacturers' recommendation for fertilizer application rates.

Plant Maintenance

For best results, trim or prune as leaves and flowers begin to turn yellow or brown, remove them completely, discarding them to keep as much excess organic material out of water-body as possible.

Winter Care

All leaves and stems will begin to die off as winter arrives. If planted directly into a bog area, plants should be left alone after trimming any dead foliage to 1 to 2" above the top of the water. Plants that are on plant-shelves, in planting containers, should be trimmed to 1 to 2" and then gently lowered into the ponds deeper water. All plants submerged before winter must be brought back up as soon as the ice has permanently thawed, and before any plant growth occurs. In Zones 6 and warmer, most pond plants can tolerate being left in place without moving them at all.

What others are saying

4 out of 5

Customer Rating

"Not obedient in other ways"larry of Shelbyville, IN

This plant is hardy, humming birds love it, great for controling erosion on slopes/hills, but it can be very invasive!! I've never used it as a bog plant.

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5 out of 5

Customer Rating

"Obedient Plant"Sarah Lazard of Penn Valley, CA

I planted Obedient plants in my gravel bog last summer. It is a beautiful bog plant which thrives in 3 inches of water and blooms all summer into the fall. It even stayed green all winter in our zone 7. Now it is May and it is already blooming! I wouldn't mind it being more invasive as I need more plants in my bog! Highly recommend as a bog plant.

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