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Strobilanthus dyeranus (photo courtesy of Susan A. Roth)
Strobilanthus dyeranus (photo courtesy of Susan A. Roth)

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Strobilanthus dyeranus

Persian Shield

Native to Burma, this beautiful foliage plant will overwinter in mostly frost-free areas but can be used as an annual almost anywhere. Grows to 4 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide; soft stems more like a perennial than a shrub. Broadly oval, pointed leaves are 6–8 in. long, somewhat puckered, dark green but richly variegated with purple and silvery blue tints. Leaf undersides are bright purple. Pale violet, tubular flowers come in summer in 1–1 1/2-in. spikes less showy than the foliage. Needs rich soil. Becomes straggly with age; pinch regularly, replace, or start over from cuttings. May survive temperatures slightly below freezing if heavily mulched in late fall; or grow in containers and move to shelter in winter. Can be overwintered indoors in a sunny window.

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