Salvia leucocephala

A rare species from Ecuador, where it has been known to reach 15ft in height, this is a tender, winter-flowering Salvia. Here, it has only grown to about 4ft, and starts to flower in February. Foliage is plain green, but the flowering stems produce large whorls of buds at the top which are covered in white, woolly hairs. The large flowers are a beautiful deep red colour. Unlikely to set seed here. Prune after flowering, as there will be lots of new growth from the base of the plant.