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Common name

English: False dragonhead, Obedient plant

German: Virginische Gelenkblume


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Lamiales (196)

        Family: Lamiaceae (97)(family description)

          Genus: Physostegia (1)

            Epithet: virginiana (L.) Benth. (3)

Synonyms: Dracocephalum denticulatum Aiton, Dracocephalum formosius (Lunell) Rydb., Dracocephalum louisianum Lem., Dracocephalum speciosum Sweet, Dracocephalum virginianum L., Physostegia denticulata (Aiton) Britton, Physostegia formosior Lunell, Physostegia granulosa Fassett, Physostegia imbricata Hook., Physostegia latidens House, Physostegia nivea Lundell, Physostegia speciosa (Sweet) Sweet, Prasium coccineum Walter

coccineum => scarlet

denticulata => with minute teeth

denticulatum => with minute teeth

formosior => beautiful, handsome

formosius => beautiful, handsome

granulosa => granular, composed of grains

imbricata => tiled, or to appear like over-lapping tiles

latidens => broad-toothed

louisianum => from Lousisna, USA

nivea => snow white

speciosa => beautiful

speciosum => beautiful

virginiana => from Virginia, North America

virginianum => from Virginia, North America


Climate: temperate

Habit: herb

Flower colour: violet, pink

External links

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