Bouncing bet flowers cluster at stem tips and have 5 petals that are pink or white.Bouncing bet is a perennial with stout, erect, smooth, branching stems, up to 3 feet tall, with swollen nodes. Leaves have three distinct veins from the base, are smooth, narrow and 2 to 4 inches long. Flowers are conspicuous, and crowded at the ends of the main stem and branches, with petals that are generally pink.

Bouncing bet was introduced from Europe as a garden plant and has now escaped and become established as a weed in the region. It is poisonous but rarely grazed. It spreads rapidly and replaces plants of greater value. An alternative to planting bouncing bet is Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata).

Bouncing bet flower cluster with 5 pink or white petals and opposite, long, smooth leaves   Bouncing bet flower cluster with 5 pink or white petals.

                                       Bouncing bet group of plants with flowers.