from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of erect herbs of the order Labiatæ, the mint family, belonging to the tribe Stachydeæ and subtribe Melitteaelig;, and characterized by the broad and five-toothed calyx, long-exserted ample corolla-tube, parallel anther-cells, and two-flowered spiked verticillasters.
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- n. any of various plants of the genus Physostegia having sessile linear to oblong leaves and showy white or rose or lavender flowers
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If something is a mint relative, you should check whether it is invasive in moist soil, as are bee balm and physostegia, though not all share this trait.
I saved seeds from physostegia ‘Miss Manners’ and they look good, but I bagged the double cosmos seeds before they were dry and mold got to them.
I planted in their work-yard, overgrown with briar and lilac, two outlandish plants which seemed to me to fulfil the required conditions of suppleness of texture, namely, the ailantus, a native of Japan, and the Virginian physostegia.
Events justified the selection: both Bees exploited the foreign flora with the same assiduity as the local flora, passing from the lilac to the ailantus, from the briar to the physostegia, leaving the one, going back to the other, without drawing distinctions between the known and the unknown.
• Dividing perennials: Divide existing clumps of fall-blooming perennials, such as chrysanthemums, autumn asters, Mexican marigold mint, and physostegia (obedient plant).