Plants multiply rapidly, forming a thick mass of colorful foliage.
In spring the plants send up a maroon and white spike with blue flowers. The spike may be vertical are arching, depending on the length of the scape.
The colorful fruits at the base of the flower remain for 2 to 3 months, gradually turning a shade of rosy-pink.
Plants grow about 2 feet tall and wide. In tropical and sub-tropical climates, the intense summer sun may bleach out the leaf color somewhat, until they become more uniformly olive-green.
Plants are cold-hardy to at least 26°F and will show no damage as long as frost doesn't actually settle on the leaves.
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