It is a creeping shrub with branched stems, native to Brazil that can reach 10 m. in length. The leaves are green, simple, with a sharp apex, arranged alternately along the stem. The small flowers emerge grouped in panicle inflorescences, surrounded by striking bracts of various colors that vary among magenta, white, pink, yellow, orange and red. Propagation occurs by cuttings. It prefers fertile well-drained soils, intense sunlight, and frequent irrigation.
It is an ornamental plant common in the decoration of outdoor gardens due to the lively colors of its flowers and bracts.