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Products > Plants - Browse By Plant Category > Tropical > Strobilanthes dyerianus
 
Strobilanthes dyerianus - Persian Shield

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tropical
Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus¹)
Origin: Burma (Asia)
Flower Color: Violet
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): High Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32° F
Strobilanthes dyerianus (Persian Shield) - A beautiful evergreen (frost free areas) sub-shrub that can grow to 3 to 4 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide but is most often used as a summer bedding plant. The foliage has a seersucker texture with softly hairy, green-veined pinkish-purple leaves that have a silver iridescence on the upper surface and solid purple undersides. The 1 1/4 inch long violet flowers, born in clusters in spring ,can be trimmed off to keep the plant more attractive - repeated pinching to keep growth in check also is beneficial. Plant in shade or filtered light in a well-drained soil and irrigate regularly. It is deer and rabbit resistant. Evergreen (ever purple) in mild locations and can resprout from the ground in colder climates - mulch around base for best results. A nice plant for containers, though seems to only live on for a few years in our climate. We grew this plant from 2004 to 2007.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Strobilanthes dyerianus.