False Dragonhead in bloom
False Dragonhead (Ledingham's False Dragonhead)
Physostegia ledinghamii
Mint family - Lamiaceae

Growth habit: Upright rhizomatous perennial

Height: 30 - 100 cm

Spread: Will spread into a large clump

Bloom Time: July - August

Bloom Colour: Rose pink to purple

Light: Sun to semi-shade, afternoon shade

Moisture: Consistently moist

Soil: Average to fertile

Seeding: False Dragonhead seeds can be difficult to germinate. Nick seed coat or rub gently with coarse sandpaper, then cold stratify. See the Plant Info page for more detailed information on growing from seed.

Landscape uses: A good option for a wet area such as a rain garden or a low spot in sun or light shade. It is an attractive bushy plant with spikes of pinkish-purple flowers and bright green leaves. It spreads by rhizomes, but is easily controlled by installing edging buried at least 15 cm deep around the perimeter of the area you want to restrict it to. Suggested spacing when planting is 30 cm.

Interesting features: The bell-shaped flowers are a good hiding place for small insects.

Natural habitat: Shady or sunny areas with a consistent water supply. Ditches, stream banks, wetlands, wet meadows and woodlands.

Ecology: Nectar source for native bees and other pollinating insects.