Perennial herb to about 0.5 m tall, generally grown as an annual. Leaves ovate to linear, to about 7 cm long, 2 cm wide, entire or with a few shallow divisions, stalks to about 1 cm long. Flowers in spike-like clusters, each verticillaster of 10-16 flowers. Calyx 9-veined. Corolla pale to dark bluish violet, covered with white hair; summer to autumn.
W USA, Mexico
Flowers with mealy-white colouring.
Available in a range of habit and colour cultivars including those listed under the Cultivars tab.
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.