Can anyone help identify this please? My Dad got the original from a cutting years ago, and propagates it each year. It's not hardy so he grows it in pots and brings it indoors in the winter (SE England - the photos were taken today). He says he thinks it's from the 'lavender family' but from the leaves I don't think that can be true. Neither leaves nor flowers have scent. The flower spikes are about 8 cm long.
It looks a bit like an orchid. Its very pretty
They don't look like orchid leaves
It's the wrong side of the glass for me though. I can only ID hardy plants
No cutlet you're right, I didn't notice the second pic. Sorry
Lovely plant! I think the family is Lamiaceae, lavender is also part of that family. Could it be a Salvia?
I thought the same as Dove by the shape of the flower. Wouldn't mind that plant myself, its unusual and very pretty.
I'd put money on salvia.
I have a similar one salvia amistad - if you google it you'll see exactly the same flowers, but mauve.
Bought mine in spring this yr at about 18", now nearly 4' and although it looks a but battered now, still covered in bloom! A really stunning plant - just hope it survives the winter. I gave it a good 4" mulch a couple of weeks ago.
Calendula that is lovely, another one on my wish list...
Thanks for all your replies - it is beautiful, isn't it? The flowers are a pale mauve - I had the flash on on my phone which makes them look whiter than they are. I think you are all right - a salvia of some sort. The leaves have a darker, almost red underside. They do look like the the amistad one but websites say this is a very new plant - my Dad has had it many years - and that it's hardy which this isn't.
Perhaps your Dad discovered it
RHS lists the hardiness as follows- Resilience Hardiness
H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Just a guess: white plectranthus?
Rusflorum: I think you've got it! Fantastic - thanks so much
That's a new one on me - I'll keep my eyes open for it
Actually I think it's a Plectranthus hybrid called 'Mona Lavender' hence my Dad thinking it was part of the lavender family. In fact they are related to mint and deadnettle. Good website here: http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/plectranmonlav.htm
Good on you rusflorum. that plant had been bugging me. I was convinced it wasn't a Salvia , the leaves didn't look right.
Look ideal for a cool conservatory
Thanks. The local supermarket is always selling loads of these, they flower
for ages and are trouble-free.