General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: Not evergreen where there is frost.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Leaf
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Persian Shield
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Strobilanthes auriculatus var. dyeriana
  • Synonym: Strobilanthes dyerianus

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Location: My garden, central NJ, Zone 7A
Date: 2019-09-11
Location: My garden, central NJ, Zone 7A
Date: 2019-09-11
Location: Florissant, MO
Date: August 2013
Beautiful Leaves

Date: 2017-08-27

Date: 2013-09-20
Location: Summeville, SC
Location: central Illinois
Date: 5-10-19
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-05-01
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2013-09-01
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2015-11-22
Persian Shield in a pot with tropical hibiscus
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2015-10-01
Location: Central NJ
Date: 9/11/14
Persian Shield leaf detail
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 7/28/2011
Persian Shield
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-11-12
Location: Central NJ
Date: 9/11/14
Persian Shield with Euphorbia Diamond Frost in background
Location: Coastal San Diego County

Date: 2011-06-08
Iridescent/metalic coloerful foliage

Date: September 14, 2011
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2013-11-10
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2016-01-26

Date: 2013-09-03
Location: The Park
Date: 2014-05-24
Location: The Park
Date: 2014-0524

Date: October 2010
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2012-03-22
Location: Little garden of Big Dreams, Dayton KY
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2011-09-17
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Date: 2013-09-12
Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, Tx
Date: 2014-05-19
Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, Tx
Date: 2014-05-19
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-09-18
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-10-14
Location: The Park
Date: 2014-05-24

Date: March 2011
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2012-04-17
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Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: central Illinois
Date: fall 2007
Location: Little garden of Big Dreams, Dayton KY
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2011-11-10
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Location: Palm Harbor, Florida
Date: 2013-05-31
Location: Palm Harbor, Florida
Date: 2013-05-31
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-28
Location: My Yard
Date: 2016-04-28
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2015-01-26
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2015-10-09

Date: 2013-01-27

Pairing with something chartreuse makes both plants POP!

Date: 2013-01-27

Date: 2013-09-12

Date: 2013-09-12

Date: 2013-09-12
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-02-09

Date: 2012-06-15
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-12
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-09-15
Location: The Park
Date: 2014-05-24
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Home
Date: 6/30/17 
Planting in a container for now - it is SO SO PRETYY!
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 9/14/2011
Persian Shield is a low maintenance plant
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-10-05
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2012-04-18

Date: 2012-04-18
Location: Highland Utah
Date: 2012-04-18
At Highland Gardens
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2004-08-28
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2012-03-20
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-10-14
Location: Elizabethan Gardens, Dare County, North Carolina | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-12
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 11, 2011 6:45 PM concerning plant:
    Posted by plantladylin on Oct 15, 2011 4:46 PM
    Native to Southeast Asia, Persian Shield is a fast-growing, soft-stemmed perennial sub-shrub that has iridescent purple leaves with green veins. The reverse side of the leaf is purple. The plant is mainly grown for its lovely foliage, but it does bear small, funnel-shaped, pale violet/purple flowers on short spikes. It requires bright light, but no direct sun, which will burn the foliage. Persian Shield makes a nice single specimen plant and also looks great in mixed container plantings. Pruning will help to keep a compact shape. Persian Shield requires good drainage and is drought tolerant once established.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 12, 2011 1:36 AM concerning plant:
    Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden awarded plant as Top Performer and Containers in 2010.
    Used in Victorian times.
    Can be overwintered under light and used for cuttings to root & use outside in spring.
    Plant has some awesome shimmering foliage.
  • Posted by lovesblooms (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Feb 2, 2015 4:37 PM concerning plant:
    I had one two years ago. It was funny: I saw it online and was enchanted. I searched until I found some online and kept them in the greenhouse for months, thinking they were rare and exotic, and then saw them at Lowe's. Thanks for taking away the mystique, Lowe's!

    Actually, the mystique was not diminished. Don't think it's possible. The colors are out of some sort of fantasy world. I have never ever seen that metallic sheen on another plant in my life.

    They grew two feet tall in the garden. The habit was a little gangly and awkward as they got large because the plant is so upright and spiky, and I didn't account for that, placing it close to the front. I failed to take cuttings or bring It indoors and now I miss it. Well, now I know to look at Lowe's, I guess. Thanks, Lowe's...
  • Posted by sunkissed (Central Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 2, 2016 7:37 AM concerning plant:
    Wonderful shade plant in Florida. Does get thirsty and will wilt, but perks right back up with a good watering. Grows very fast and needs trimming. Put cuttings back down into the pot. They root easily. The plant is tender, but mine has survived temps as low as 38. To be safe, take some cuttings before winter and root them. If you let them go, they will get flowers similar to coleus flowers. Makes a great container plant with coleus for outstanding color combinations.
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