Place of origin: Tropical regions of America, Africa.
Description: Perennial flowering plants in about 150 species either as herbaceous plants and shrubs with hairy leaves and semi-woody stems. Aromatic flower clusters are made up of a mix of red, orange, yellow or blue and white florets. Small white, pink, orange or purple five- petaled flowers are borne in dense spikes. Uniquely double colors are the norm for the inflorescences.
Grow best: Propagation by seeds or cuttings. In slightly acidic soils with plenty of watering, in partial shade.
Use: Indoors in hanging baskets, Outdoors in landscaping. Flowers contain nectar and attract bees. Leaves used for medicine in native America.