Plants grown for their ornamental stems and fruits, useful in borders and as cutting material for flower/dried flower arrangements. The flowers are produced on short leafy stems, with plants growing 4 to 8 feet tall. The attractive fleshy fruits turn purple. Harvest when the calyx are in full color. Grow in soil rich in organic matter, when in bloom provide plenty of water for maximum flower and fruit production, dry soils will cause flower failure. A beautiful border and cut flower plant. An annual, erect, bushy, herbaceous subshrub to 8 ft from tropical and sub tropical; areas, in the north start in late winter for planting out in mid spring- frost sensitive.