Persian shield is a stunning foliage plant that once you grow it, you’ll want it in your garden every year. Native to Burma (Myanmar), it was a popular plant during the Victorian era and is regaining popularity after the University of Georgia reintroduced it a few years ago. This plant loves heat and humidity and doesn’t start growing well until days start to get warmer.
Persian Shield planted in partial shade will pick up the light and reflect it back off its leaves. It makes a striking border plant, particularly when paired with soft gray greens or chartreuse. Even when grown as an annual, Persian Shield make an eye-catching addition to borders and containers. An annual except in zones 9+. Bring a plant or two indoors, and grow as houseplants through the winter.
Strobilanthes (strobilanthes): Strobilanthes is a genus of about 350 species of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae, mostly native to tropical Asia and Madagascar, but with a few species extending north into temperate regions of Asia. Many species are cultivated for their 2-lipped, hooded flowers in shades of blue, pink, white and purple. Most are frost-tender and require protection in frost-prone areas. Selected species Strobilanthes atropurpureus is a temperate species, native…
Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) - Iridescent, Colorful Foliage. Even when grown as an annual, Strobilanthes make an eye-catching addition to borders and containers. Bring a plant or two indoors, and grow as houseplants through the winter.
PERSIAN SHIELD: 1) Grown for foliage 2) Grows 18-36 inches 3) Many gardeners like to pinch back the leaves, to create a fuller plant. If left to grow on its own, it can get tall, leggy and floppy 4) Part sun to full sun 5) Grow in containers or as borders