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Strobilanthes dyeriana 'Persian Shield'

 

Persian Shield

Strobilanthes are evergreen or herbaceous perennials or subshrubs, native of Myanmar. A colourful foliage plant, and popular as a house-plant, because they flower in Winter, they have simple, opposite leaves and spikes, or cone-like clusters, or loose clusters, of tubular or funnel-shaped blue or purple flowers. Strobilanthes dyeriana is an evergreen shrub up to 1m high, with the lance-shaped dark green leaves that have a silvery sheen over a purple flush. The 3 cm. long flowers are funnel-shaped, and light blue, in short spikes at the ends of branches

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plant Features
  • Persian Shield likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Persian Shield likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Persian Shield is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Persian Shield likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Persian Shield

Latin name

Strobilanthes dyeriana 'Persian Shield'

type

Perennial

family

Acanthaceae

ph

5.5 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Persian Shield likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Persian Shield is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Persian Shield likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Persian Shield likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Persian Shield is 1.00meters x 1.00meters 1.00 M 1.00 M

Strobilanthes dyeriana 'Persian Shield'

Strobilanthes are evergreen or herbaceous perennials or subshrubs, native of Myanmar. A colourful foliage plant, and popular as a house-plant, because they flower in Winter, they have simple, opposite leaves and spikes, or cone-like clusters, or loose clusters, of tubular or funnel-shaped blue or purple flowers. Strobilanthes dyeriana is an evergreen shrub up to 1m high, with the lance-shaped dark green leaves that have a silvery sheen over a purple flush. The 3 cm. long flowers are funnel-shaped, and light blue, in short spikes at the ends of branches


Flowering

From Early Winter TO Late Winter

Although often grown for the colourful foliage, the flowers are a nice feature in Winter. Many growers, however, prefer to pinch out the flowers, to promote bushier growth and more foliage

 

Propagating by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Strobilanthes seeds need warm conditions ( 55–64 degrees F. / 13–18 C.) to germinate. Sow seeds in a pot or tray filled with proprietary seed-sowing compost, or a 50/50 mix of multi-purpose compost and perlite or coarse grit. Sow large seeds with space between the seeds, and sow small seeds thinly, and cover the seeds with a thin layer of sieved compost (unless it is a type of seed that needs light to germinate). Water gently with a fine rose on the watering-can, allowing excess water to drain away.

 

Planting

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

If planting in a container indoors, Strobilanthes needs bright light, to keep its colour, and temperatures above 60º F (15.6º C). If grown outdoors, plant in light, free draining soil, in full sun to partial shade, in a frost-free area

 
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