This vigorous, hardy Oriental plant has large tropical-looking leaves, and the flowers are borne in large feathery panicles raised above the fine foliage. It is most too tall for a small lawn, and it is too vigorous and obtrusive to go in a perennial bed collection. Its place is where bold effects are desirable, to be viewed from a distance. As a background for borders it is also an acquisition. It spreads some by suckering. But if the superfluous suckers are taken out each spring there is no extension until towards autumn. It is hardy, but its fleshy roots are killed in nearly snow-less winters at the West if not protected by leaf or other mulching.