This little herbaceous perennial is native to southeastern Arizona, New
Mexico, and parts of Mexico. In full sun, it has an upright form,
growing to 2 feet tall by 2-3 feet wide. In shady exposures, it becomes
more open and spreading. Delicate light purple flowers grace the stems
from April to October. After flowering, small papery bracts enclose the
seeds. This plant freezes easily, but recovers quickly from the roots.
Mass-plant this shrub under the filtered shade of desert trees for a
natural look. This delicate-looking plant should be used near sitting
areas or buildings, where its charms can be appreciated up-close and
personal. It re-seeds quite readily. USDA Zone 9.