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Strobilanthes dyerianus (Persian shield)

Strobilanthes dyerianus Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Strobilanthes dyerianus stroe-bih-LAN-theez dy-err-ee-AY-nus Common Name: Persian shield 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.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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