Brillantaisia subulugurica- you'll never grow a tender Salvia again!

Brillantaisia subulugurica- you'll never grow a tender Salvia again! I couldn't help but be impressed by the giant blue flowers on this plant! Just over an inch (2.5cm) tall and about the same long the Salvia-esque flowers stand out wherever this plant is used. Just be careful when you sniff the flowers- when you get close the smell is very strong, and if you touch the flowers you get the scent deposited on you. My guess is that the little hairs on the flower carry droplets of a smelly liquid. The smell washes off easily with water.
Mine has grown to about 3 feet tall (90cm) so far, and has large green serrated leaves. Most of the plant's height is flower spike, so you get a good flower to leaf ratio! With me it produced a main flush of flowers in early summer but is still producing isolated flowers now. As for seed, I'm going to wait and see!
This has to be a great replacement for the tender Salvias gardeners use for planting out in summer. It needs pretty much the same regime as Salvia, but makes twice the impact! For those of you who are interested, this plant is native to Zimbabwe and tropical areas of Africa. Should you desire one, Kobakoba in Somerset is where I got mine (they do mail order- see RHS Plantfinder for details). One other thing- no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't carry the electric blue/purple of this plant on the photos. The colour is much nicer on the actual plant!