(syn. S. fallax). A winter-flowering shrub that forms an upright, bushy mass of soft, heart-shaped leaves. Flowering begins in late winter, into spring, when it smothers itself in masses of short spikes of small pale blue flowers which are always a ‘hive of industry’ as it is much loved by the bees. Copes with light frost, but best if planted in a protected position near buildings or amongst other shrubs. Prefers only a part day of sun. Responds well to being cut back by at least ½ after flowering. 1.5-2m x 1.2m. 1 litre pot.