A hybrid, h. salicifolia _ h. speciosa. Shrub to about 2.5 m tall. Leaves to 11 cm long, 3.5 cm wide, ovate to lanceolate, with prominent veins, stalked. Flowers in dense spikes to about 15 cm long, violet, fading.
Source: (2002). Scrophulariaceae. 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.
New leaves reddish below. Flowers violet.
Raised, probably in the 1940s, at Seaford and introduced by J. Cheal & Sons, Crawley, UK.
Leaves mottled grey-green and with a creamy margin. Sometimes reverts to green leaves.
Originated at least as early as 1874.