Bartlettina sordida, with the common names Purple torch and Blue mist flower, is endemic to cloud forest habitats in Mexico. The plant is an evergreen, erect shrub, growing to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
Bartlettina sordida has reddish-purple branches clothed in slightly rough, dark green leaves with prominent venation and paler undersides. The leaves are very large, up to 10 inches longs and 8 inches wide. The inflorescence is a terminal corymbose panicle, 20-30 cm across. The large clusters of scented flowers appear in spring, mauve to lilac to magenta-blue in color. The clusters have a bursting fireworks appearance. The seed has a fluffy pappus and is easily dispersed by wind.