Evergreen shrub to about 1m tall. Leaves to about 7 cm long, ovate to elliptic, downy. Flower clusters in hanging spikes with prominent brownish red to pink overlapping bracts. Flowers white, 2-lipped, the lower lip with red markings, almost concealed by the bracts. [Beloperone guttata Brandeg.]
The plant from Peru formerly sold as the yellow cultivar 'Lutea' is now referred to Pachystachys lutea Nees.
Source: (2002). Acanthaceae. 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.