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Persian Shield Strobilanthes dyerianus

  • Hardy Zones
    • 9 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 18 - 36 Inches
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Persian Shield Strobilanthes dyerianus

Part Sun to Sun 18 - 36

Features

Iridescent, colorful leaves of purple, green and silver all season; heat tolerant

Award Winner
Adaptable As Houseplant
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
18 - 36 Inches
Spacing: 
18 - 24 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Colors: 
Purple
Foliage Shade: 
Black/Purple
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Use in containers, landscapes and combinations

Consumer Comment:
I purchased the "Persian Shield", among other plants, for my 86 year old Aunt's large containers. We absolutely loved this particular plant -- it grew and grew and had beautiful leaves. She loved it. H. Lemasters, West Virginia

  • Last spring I was shopping for plants for my yard and saw this wee little Persian Shield plant. The color was so stunning, I had to have it and didn't care how big or small it stayed, simply fell in love with that gorgeous color! I planted it in the back yard where the soil isn't the greatest. Watered it and did little else... I didn't need to...it took off like a rocket! It got full, lush, tall, and NOTHING disturbed the leaves. It stayed beautiful right into the fall. I am in love with this stunner, and this year I plan to plant them all over! They add such beauty and are shimmery with their purple and silvery foliage. Best plant I ever had (and no flowers, so no yellow jackets! YAY!!!)

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Patti Reid
    Massapequa Park
    New York
    United States
    18 weeks ago
  • Unusually striking plant. Iridescent in sunlight. Easy to grow, few pests, does well in our hot, dry, Georgia summers.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Kay Norris
    Watkinsville
    Georgia
    United States
    1 year ago
  • I have grown this plant many times and just love it. It grows into about a 2' tall plant and does well in just about any soil and in part shade to shade. I've found the colour kind of fades if put in full sun. The colour of the leaves just glows in the shade and best of all, the deer don't eat it, which is important in my part of the world. Each leaf is green and purple, with a streak of silver and is just lovely.

    It won't go through our cold winters so I take a few cuttings in the fall and stick them in soil and they take off without too much trouble. I'd rather do that than bring the plant in for the winter. This way I end up with as many plants as I want for the following summer.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Dorothy Macintyre
    Dundas
    Ontario
    Canada
    1 year ago
  • As the manager of the nursery i can highly recommend this perennial to everyone that loves the color of coleus and other classic maintenance-free plants w/o having to plant every year! this beauty dies back in the winter here in north-central texas but comes back season after season. and it is as easy to propagate with just tip cuttings!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Susanna Griffin
    Corsicana
    Texas
    United States
    1 year ago
  • This plant is beautiful, grows very quickly and it has become my favorite plant! I love it!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Melissa Meyer
    Keller
    Texas
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Easy care, spectacular in containers, impressive backdrop for more delicate, lower growing plants... you HAVE to try this one!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Brian SUllivan
    3 years ago
  • I absolutely love this plant. Didn't know much about it when I purchased it, all I knew it was my favorite color (purple) so naturally I knew it would be pretty. I planted it in a large pot with the bright green sweet potatoe vine and it grew fast and large and was georgeous. It stood out in front of my porch and everyone walking pass my house or those visiting love it just as much and wanted it. I high recommend this plant for a burst of color. It is also low maintenance.

    Joyce

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Joyce
    3 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    David Auts
    3 years ago
  • Love this plant. I use it in several containers as the centerpiece (partial shade). The leaves simply glimmer with color and it performs well all summer long. My friends always want to know about this plant because it is such a beauty. I once overwintered it in a sunny classroom, but it looked pretty scraggly by spring.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Soozie
    3 years ago
  • I'm in zip 91724. Love beauty, has grown rapidly. I have it where it gets lots of light but no direct sun. After reading about it maybe I'll try one in part shade. This is a real knock out, every time I step into that part of the garden my eyes are drawn to its beauty. I would say it is one of my favorite plants, I have many favorites!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Tana
    3 years ago
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2010 Top Performer Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
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  • Simple PleasuresCombination
    Simple Pleasures
    Color SchemeMonochromatic
    ExposureSun
    Pot Size14 Inches
    Shades of purple and silver make a high impact container.
  • Strobe LightCombination
    Strobe Light
    Color SchemeEarth Tones
    ExposureSun
    Pot Size14 Inches
    Simple two-plant combinations can be every bit as striking as plantings using many differe...
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