East Virginia southward.
Flowers: large; growing in compound panicles on a scape-like flower-stalk. Perianth: of six, oblong, pointed divisions, sometimes tipped with purple at the ends. Stamens: six. Pistil; one. Leaves: one to two feet long; lanceolate; growing from a short trunk.
This striking plant, whose generic name is taken from the name used by the aborigines of America, is perhaps more familiar to us of the north in cultivation, than in the state of wild freedom it enjoys in the south. It guards our garden paths with an erect, sentinel-like bearing that is very imposing, and no one is afraid, even though it is called Spanish bayonet.