Salvia dichlamys

This arrived in the UK as Salvia c.f. darcyi, for reasons known only to whoever named it as such! This is a great Salvia, flowering throughout summer, though it sulked in the intense heat of 2006. It is slightly brittle, and grows to 4 ft x 4ft, though a far more rampant form has recently been introduced. For some time this was thought to be the real S. pulchella, as was S. univerticillata. It is quite tender, but can be propagated from seeds or cuttings.