Tetramerium nervosum
PERENNIAL.  Stiff leafy stems are topped with four-sided conelike spikes of hairy bracts from which the flowers emerge.  Flowers creamy white, with a pink and magenta spot on the top petal.  Flowers resemble those of Carlowrightia arizonica. Blooms from the onset of summer rains until late fall.  Dried stalks topped with papery bracts remain over winter.  In the Empires, common under trees and shrubs along small rocky washes.
FAMILY:  Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)