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Persian Shield

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Strobilanthes dyerianus Persian Shield

  • Height:  18 -36 inches tall
  • Hardiness:  USDA zones 9 - 11, annual in northern zones
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders, Containers, House Plant

No other plant gives you the iridescent, colorful leaves of purple, green and silver that Persian Shield offers.  The beautiful foliage is attractive all season.  While Persian Shield can tolerate full sun it is happiest in a part sun location which keeps the leaves from bleaching out.   This plant prefers rich, moist well drained soil.  Pinch if necessary to prevent legginess and promote bushiness.  Persian Shield can be over-wintered indoors as a house plant.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 'Top Picks' 2004, 'Best of the Zoo' 2007, and 'Top Performer' 2010

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Categories: Annuals