Native to Texas and Louisiana. Airy plant growing to 14 ft. high, 23 ft. wide. Stalkless leaves to 112312 in. long grow directly on stems. Long bloom period (often from late spring into fall). Pink buds closely set on branching spikes open just a few at a time; blossoms are about 1 in. long, white aging to rose. Used widely in most of the South. Performs best in the Southwest, where it is a profusely blooming, long-lived perennial. Taproot makes it very drought tolerant.
Selected forms include the following.
'Corrie's Gold'. To 2123 ft. tall and wide. Leaves edged with gold.
'Crimson Butterflies'. Grows only 112 ft. high and a little wider, with smaller, more closely spaced leaves and dark pink blossoms. Good in containers.
'Dauphin'. Rigidly upright to 46 ft. tall, not quite as wide. Dark pink buds open to pink flowers that quickly turn white.
'Passionate Blush'. Upright and compact, to 12 ft. high and wide, with red stems and pink flowers.
'Passionate Rainbow'. Compact grower to 22 ft. high, half as wide. Leaves are thinly edged in white; flowers are rose-pink.
'Pink Cloud'. Upright plant to 212 ft. high and 2 ft. wide. Profuse bright pink blooms.
'Pink Fountain'. To 23 ft. high, with an especially dense mass of soft pink flowers.
'Rosyjane'. Low, well-branched plant to 2 ft. high and wide. White flowers are edged with bright pink.
'Siskiyou Pink'. Reaches 2212 ft. tall and a little wider. Deep maroon buds open to rose-pink flowers. Leaves are mottled with rich maroon.
'Sparkle White'. Compact grower to 12 ft. high and 1112 ft. wide. Soft pink buds open to pure white flowers. Uniform growth and heavy bloom.
'Whirling Butterflies'. To 3 ft. tall and wide. White flowers are slightly larger than those of the species.
Plant prefers lean, unfertilized soil; planting in rich soil results in legginess and sparse bloom. Faded flowers drop cleanly from stems, but seed-bearing spikes should be cut to improve appearance, prevent overly enthusiastic self-sowing, and prolong bloom.Needs good drainage. Clumps never need dividing; for addi- tional plants, allow some of the volunteer seedlings to grow.