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Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 15 - 17 Inches
  • Mature Spread 15 - 17 Inches
  • Growing Zones 5 - 9
  • Use As A Thriller In Containers

The Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant, or Physostegia virginiana, has a lot going for it. This perennial is  easy to maintain, and established plants need little attention to thrive. Thin, upright stems are loaded with lavender-pink flowers that resemble snapdragons. Narrow, strap-like leaves in a shade of medium green fill in the base of the plant. This beauty blooms during late summer, and a quick trim when the flowers start to fade may encourage another flush of blooms.

This Obedient Plant is a medium-sized plant, so it looks best near the middle of a mixed bed or border. This plant can live in damp soil, and would thrive near a pond or stream. Feature the Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant in a container to add a pop of late-summer color to a porch or patio. Trim the stems to display the flowers in a vase. Pollinators enjoy the lovely flowers, but foraging animals like deer and rabbits leave it alone. Grow this plant as a perennial in zones 5 through 9.

Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant Care

This stunner loves full sun, so plant the Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight. The soil should be rich, slightly acidic, and moist; this plant can handle living in wet soil, making it a good choice for areas with poor drainage. Plants grown in damp areas seldom need supplemental water, but plants grown in dry conditions will need a drink when the top few inches of the soil are dry. Obedient Plants thrive with little care, so many gardeners opt not to use fertilizer. Still, plants grown in poor-quality soil will benefit from an annual application of balanced plant food in the spring.

Trim the stems when the flowers fade to encourage another round of blooms. The Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant forms a well-behaved clump and will not spread aggressively like other selections of Obedient Plants. This plant is an herbaceous perennial, and the faded greenery can be removed after the first frost.

Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant Spacing

As a medium-sized plant, the Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant stands 15 to 17 inches tall and wide. Space plants 15 to 17 inches apart, or give the plants more room, and they will fill in with time. One plant can comfortably live in a 12-inch container.

Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9
Plant Type: Perennial
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 15 - 17 Inches
Mature Spread: 15 - 17 Inches
Spacing: 17 - 19 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Description: Lavender-Pink Shades
Bloom Period: Autumn, Late Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role: Thriller
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance
Brand: Proven Winners
Common Name: Autumn Carnival Obedient Plant
Other Name(s): Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead
Scientific Name: Physostegia virginiana

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped, just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note, plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly. 

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant(s). We will cover 100% of the price of the plant, but the warranty does not cover shipping costs. SImply let us know if your plant has died within 1 year of receiving it and we will get you a new one shipped out as soon as possible (depending on the time of the year and availability). We may ask for photos for documentation purposes, but we try to make the process as easy as possible.

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations