Perennial evergreen herb or subshrub 0.5 m tall. Leaves ovate to linear, blunt-tipped, entire, mostly short-stalked. Flowers in long clusters, each verticillaster of 2 flowers. Corolla white, pink or red to purple, tube 2 cm long; summer to autumn. Similar to s. microphylla (with which hybrids are formed) but without a pair of papillae inside the corolla near its base.
SW USA, 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.