This clump-forming, semi-evergreen marsh- or pond-edge plant belongs to a species growing in marshes and river-banks in the southern part of the USA, which can reach up to 300 cm there. This variety is striking for its bold red leaf-stalks growing from the base. The leaves may measure up to 75 cm. The violet/purple flowers (within hairy bracts) appear in big branched trusses at the tips of the flower-stalks. After flowering small, round fruiting capsules may be formed, each containing one big, deep brown seed. Not winter-hardy. The plant should be kept cool and frost-free during winter and is therefore considered to be a tub-plant. For a spot in sun and wed pond-soil.