a pink obedient plant
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Colorful Summer-to-Fall Perennials

And, if you don't have the time to grow and plant annuals every year, put in these perennial bloomers for some vibrant, late-season color.

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Native to central and southern states. Produces pink or purple flower spikes that resemble snapdragons. Common name refers to the way individual flowers stay (temporarily) in whatever position they're pushed. Hardy to −40 degrees F. Full sun.

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