Annuals, biennials, perennials and sub-shrubs. Leaves are lance-shaped to elliptic, mainly basal, sometimes flushed maroon. Many airy racemes or panicles of short-lived, flat, irregularly star-shaped, pink or white flowers. very graceful plants forborders, containers or baskets. Best in fertile, moist, well-drained soil and full sun, but will tolerate drought and partrial shade.