A tropical perennial from South America with colorful foliage and showy flowers. The pointed foliage is widely variegated along the veins in a lighter silver green. The inflorescence consists of a red bract and lighter purple flowers. Overall a great combination. Bright shade, needs heat and humidity. Gets about 18" tall. A perennial in the tropics, but can winter over in frost free areas. Popular as a house plant as well, given enough light.