Annual or occasionally perennial herb to about 1 m tall. Leaves broadly ovate, to about 5 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, lower surface grey-green,margin more or less round- toothed, stalk to 2 cm long. Flowers in branched clusters, each verticillaster of 4-8 flowers, spaced above one another; summer. Calyx 13-veined. Corolla about 1.5 cm long, red (rarely white, pink, orange or bicoloured), hairy outside. Stamens protruding slightly.
Tropical S America or Mexico
Source: (2002). Salvia. 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.
Flowers white, possibly better referred to under the cultivar name 'Lactea'.
Upper lip of corolla white, lower orange.
Flowers profuse, in dense heads with dark flowering calyces.
Probably a hybrid with S. coccinea as a parent.