Shrub 2-3 m tall. Leaves lanceolate, to about 12 cm long, wavy-edged, slightly hairy, especially on the veins below. Flower clusters axillary or terminal with up to 8 flowers per cluster. Flowers tubular, to about 5 cm long, scarlet in few-flowered, drooping clusters.
I. fuchsioides Miers from the Andes is similar but with orange-red flowers in more prolific clusters.
Source: (2002). Solanaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.