The Q&A Archives: Strobilanthes Dyeranus

Questioner's Location: cincinnati, oh
Date: August 1, 2007

Question: Is this a perennial or an annual?

Answer: Persian Shield is a beautiful foliage plant with a unique coloring. It grows to about 5? with bright purple leaves and green veins, and as if that isn?t beautiful enough, it looks like it has been dry- brushed with silver, creating an iridescent glow. Strobilanthes dyeranus should be grown in shade gardens or in filtered light, as bright sun will dull the color. Strobilanthes loves to be watered, and appreciates a good amended soil, but needs good drainage or it will rot. It is deer and rabbit resistant and takes the heat and humidity well. Great for shade gardens as well as for an accent plant in a container. It is perennial in USDA Zones 9-11 but an annual in your cold winter climate.

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