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Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) is a stunning ornamental plant that originates in the warm and humid nation of Myanmar, where it grows as an evergreen perennial.

It is a member of the Acanthaceae family, which consists mostly of flowering tropical plants.

With its unique iridescent purple leaves, S. dyerianus had no difficulty attracting the attention of U.S. gardeners, and is now grown here as an annual, perennial, and houseplant.

Sometimes called Bermuda conehead, this striking tropical species thrives on heat and humidity, yielding its most brilliant color in partially shaded locations.

Its foliage positively shimmers in neon shades of purple, veined with green. With too much light, the colors are less impressive.

The leaves of S. dyerianus are approximately six inches long, and stems may reach three fIts foliage positively shimmers in neon shades of purple, veined with green. With too much light, the colors are less impressive.

In cooler regions, where it grows as a summer annual, Persian shield usually succumbs to frost before blooming.

For indoor cultivation, use a good quality potting soil and a container with adequate drainage holes. Keep the soil moderately moist with weekly watering. 

Propagate new plants by cutting off young stems at a length of about two inches, placing them into a cup of water until roots form, and then planting them in soil.

  • Grows easily from seeds or cuttings
  • Iridescent green-veined purple leaves, small blue flowers
  • May exceed three feet in height
  • Organically rich well-drained soil
  • Part to full shade; tolerates sun in cool areas
  • Thrives in heat and humidity
  • Tropical species that makes an excellent houseplant or garden specimen
  • Zone 8 to 11 perennial, annual in cooler regions

VERSATILE AND VIBRANT

Persian shield is a stunning plant that may be enjoyed in several ways.

Let it reach full height, recklessly spreading its bright, tropical foliage across a garden bed, and providing a gleaming backdrop for foreground plantings.

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