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Strobilanthes dyerianus/Persian Shield

Strobilanthes dyerianus / Strobilanthes dyerianus
Purple and silver iridescent foliage of this relatively new annual
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Purple and silver iridescent foliage of this relatively new annual

A large planting in late summer

Close-up image of foliage showing the peculiar sheen on the leaf surfaces

Foliage is a strong color contrast to adjacent plants

Image taken at some distance from the Persian shield

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Scientific Name: Strobilanthes dyerianus
Common Name: Persian Shield
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: This plant, normally grown as an annual for seasonal color during the warm months of the year has unusually striking violet colored foliage that is somewhat metallic. Provide a fertile, well drained soil and sunlight during the morning hours. It can tolerate shade in the afternoon. Plants can grow quite large in one season, but cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. This large sub-tropical plant is especially effective featured in containers with other plants. It also does well in a seasonal color bed for the summer months.