Persian Shield Strobilanthes has actually been popular since the Victorian Era with it’s beautiful purple and silver, lance-shaped leaves and shrub-like habit. The leaves have dark green veins running through the iridescence which lends a quilted look to them. For the best color, plant Persian Shield in part to full shade.
This native of Myanmar (formerly Berma), thrives in humidity. Strobilanthes gets tall pretty quickly and may fall over so it may be necessary to pinch the plant back to promote a more bushy habit. In the fall or winter it may bloom with small purple blooms but they are insignificant and you may wish to pinch them off. Plant Persian Shield Strobilanthes in mixed containers, baskets, window boxes, or in the landscape. Like most plants, the size of the container may help determine how big this plant will get.
Spacing: Plant 24″ to 36″ apart
Height: Grows 24″ to 36″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in part sun to full shade
Outstanding Features: This striking accent plant displays shimmering purple leaves.
Tips: Persian Shield needs pruning often to keep their shape and to prevent the appearance of being leggy. Keep soil moderately moist, but well-drained.
Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Landscapes
Picture © 2001 Ball Horticultural Company