Native to Central America, this shrub is one of the largest of all salvias and needs plenty of space. This particular cultivar, called 'Tequila', has a blackish calyx to each flower, which really enhances the large glowing red flowers. It flowers from late autumn to spring. It can grow to 3-4 m tall, but if cut back by half in summer as well as pruning almost to the ground after its flowering period, it can be kept a bit lower. But it really isn't a plant for a small area. It mixes with other 'hot' colours of orange and yellow (such as dainty Justicia rizzinii, Lobelia laxiflora or Tagetes lemmonii) to create a vibrant combination, and if purple (such as Tibouchina) is mixed in it makes a really strong picture. It looks good nearby to autumn leaves and also with dark-coloured leaves such as Persicaria 'Red Dragon', which echo the dark calyces. It can also be grown with plants with red flowers of a different shape such as camellias or poinsettia, and its big heart-shaped leaves make a good background feature when it is not in bloom. It likes part- or dappled shade, with protection from the hot afternoon sun. It can be afflicted by white fly at times: spray with white oil or a household fly spray to control these. It is sensitive to hard frosts.