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Persian Shield Strobilanthes auriculata var. dyeriana

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Strobilanthes dyeriana
  • Strobilanthes maciellandi
Phonetic Spelling
stroh-bil-AN-theez
Description

Persian Shield is noted for its showy foliage. It's a soft-stemmed, tropical, evergreen shrub or sub-shrub.  The leaves are a variegated dark green deep pink or purple blotching with silvery-purple iridescence and dark purple on the underside.  It can be grown as a perennial in warmer climate zones, 8b and warmer.   In other zones, it can be planted as an annual.  It is not an evergreen in locations that experience frost. 

Cool temperatures reduce the color of the foliage.  Sort of a washed out appearance.  

It makes an excellent container plant, however, over time, it will need to be repotted into a larger container.  A 3 gallon (11.36 liters) container would be a good choice.  Ensure that the container has good drainage.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Provide good drainage.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#winter interest#deer resistant#groundcover#humidity tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#winter interest#deer resistant#groundcover#humidity tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Strobilanthes
    Species:
    auriculata
    Family:
    Acanthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Myanmar to Thailand
    Play Value:
    Colorful
    Shade
    Textural
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Seldom flowers in the first season.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No