Color, bright rose. Leaves, with petioles, ovate, pointed or oblong, sheathing the stem.

Better known in gardens, from which it has escaped and become wild in some places. It is tall, covered with soft, hairy down. Heavy, dense spikes of flowers are borne, drooping and showy. Sheaths, hairy, often turned back along the upper edge 1 to 8 feet high. Originally from India.