Perennial shrub to about 2 m tall but taller in shade. Leaves mostly broadly ovate, long-pointed, to about 15 cm long, strongly cordate at the base, saw-toothed, stalked. Flower clusters in terminal spikes to 20 cm long, the flowers in whorls of 2-6, covered with glandular hairs; winter to spring. Corolla to about 5 cm long, glandular-hairy, pale pink.
Leaves smelling of fruit salad when crushed; flowers in winter.
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.