A large species which can be treated like a herbaceous perennial and pruned back hard each year, or left to form a large shrub; either way it is ideal for the back of the border. Attractive, quite coarse, dark green leaves all year round, and in autumn, elongated spikes carry many short-tubed velvety red flowers, the dark brown furry stems adding to the show. Spikes can be between 30-60cm long and are upright, glowing like candlesticks and lasting for a long time. Full sun or part shade. 1.5-1.8m x 1.5m. 1 litre pot.