Perennial herb to about 3 m tall becoming woody at the base. Leaves broadly ovate, to 12 cm long, 6 cm wide, pointed, long-stalked, margin entire or shallowly cut. Flowers in spike-like clusters on 1 side of the stem; winter. Corolla pink, reddish purple, tube to about 3 cm long, swollen to form a knob above, lips hairy.
Known to hybridise readily, very brittle.
Large, colourful pink floral bracts.
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.
Habit compact, about 1m tall. Leaves large, ovate, cordate. Flowers red, in terminal racemes; year round.