PERSIAN SHIELD

FAMILY: Acanthaceae | GENUS: STROBILANTHES dyeranus

TYPE
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Native to Burma. Beautiful foliage plant for warm, humid gardens. Grows to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide; soft stemmed and more like a perennial than a shrub. Broadly oval, pointed leaves are 68 inches long, somewhat puckered, dark green but richly variegated with purple and iridescent silver-blue tints. Leaf undersides are bright purple. Pale violet, tubular flowers come in summer in 112 inches spikes; less showy than foliage.

Needs rich soil and regular watering. Tip-pinching creates bushier plants, but they often become straggly with age; replace or start over from cuttings. Feed potted plants once a month during growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. May survive freezing in Lower South if mulched heavily in late fall; or grow in container, move to shelter over winter. Can also be overwintered indoors in a sunny window.

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