Persian shield

Strobilanthes dyerianus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus)
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Genus:  Strobilanthes

A soft-stemmed shrub grown for its extraordinary foliage, Persian shield has thick, quilted purple leaves to 6 inches long splashed with iridescent pewter or silver. In autumn, it bears delicate funnel-shaped violet flowers in an eye-catching spike formation.

Care: 

Best grown in part or full shade for optimum leaf color and growth. Needing very little care, it is drought-tolerant, heat-loving, and relatively pest-free. Not hardy beyond Zone 10, so it may be cut back hard in late fall, potted up, and brought inside.

Propagation: 

Root basal or softwood cuttings in spring or early summer. Cuttings root easily in moist sand.

Problems: 

Sometimes affected by root rot and spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Blue,
Purple
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

Strobilanthes dyerianus