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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 1, 2015

Q. Unknown weed growing in garden

I have this weed growing since last year in my vegetable patch. At first I thought it was a White Dead nettle but no flowers have come and the leaves are longer. It is starting to grow everywhere. It is joined by roots a little like the way mint develops but the stems are squared and hairy as well as the leaves. Would you have an idea what it is?

Answered by
Heather on
June 2, 2015
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I actually think it is a plant called obedient plant. It blooms in late summer, so would not bud for a bit. It spreads by runners and, despite its name, can be pretty invasive - so some people consider it a weed. It is called obedient plant due to the notched nature of its stem. It allows you to push it in a direction and it will stay mostly leaning in that direction. Let me know if you think this may be it.

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Asked by
knuckledown on
July 16, 2015
Chicago, IL zone 4

Q. Obedient Plant Rust on leaves

Admittedly, it has been very wet this year, but the Obedient plants in my garden suffer EACH year from some type of rust or brown areas on the leaves. The stalk droops and dies. I can find no insect on the leaves. Any suggestions?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 17, 2015
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Asked by
ebrackle on
September 16, 2015
Upstate NY, New Paltz

Q. Good time of year to divide obedient plant

Have some obedient plants which I would like to share with my sisters. Deer in the area and they are having a feast on plants and shrubs. Not going after the obedient plants yet. Flowering at this time. Mid Sept.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 18, 2015
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Asked by
vbrown1 on
September 25, 2017

Q. obedient plant

Do I cut down this plant in the fall?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 25, 2017
Certified Expert
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According to my research, this is a very hardy plant. It is often considered over-bearing. You may cut, chop, and divide this plant as often as you would like.

Here is a link to a few articles on the plants care: https:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/obedient-plant/

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Asked by
Jean3744 on
November 27, 2018
Aurora, OH 44202

Q. Should I cut back obedient plant in the fall or leave it be?

I have an obedient plant which is very happy. Should I cut it down for the winter or leave it be?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 27, 2018
Certified Expert
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The exact time of cutting back depends upon how quickly the plant grows and what time during the summer or fall a plant blooms.
Foliage that gradually goes dormant; cut to the ground when the leaves are yellow; some plants regrow new foliage later in the season.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/obedient-plant/growing-obedient-plant.htm

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