(Greek word for female slave who ground corn; alluding to apparent mealiness of the fls.). Hw madordcere. Hardy perennial, smooth, stemless, bitter herbs. Lvs. thin, flat, lanceolate, grass-like, lna spread ing cluster: fls. small, in a spiked raceme, terminating a slender scape 2-3 ft. high; perianth not woolly, but. wrinkled and roughened with thick set points which give a mealy appearance. July-Aug. They like a moist but sunny situation.
Propagate slowly by division or seeds.