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Strobilanthes dyeriana, Peacock Plant, Persian Shield - Plant

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It is a soft-stemmed, tropical, evergreen shrub or subshrub that is grown primarily for its attractive iridescent purple foliage.
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Description for Strobilanthes dyeriana, Peacock Plant, Persian Shield

The dark green foliage with bright, metallic-purple stripes radiating outward from the central leaf vein. The flowers tend to be small and are out shown by the leaves.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Peacock Plant, Persian Shield Pale purple flowers Fall / Winter Up to 36 inches Easy to grow

Planting and care

Growing Persian shield requires warm temperatures and sultry humid air. Persian Shield grows best outdoors, although it can survive in other zones as a houseplant given sufficient temperature, soil moisture, and humidity. You can start Persian Shield from seed or cuttings.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun to partial shade Well-drained, Loam Soil Medium 18 to 30 degrees C Use any organic fertilizer

Caring for Strobilanthes dyeriana

  • Grow in the humid climate in the rich well-drained soil.
  • Give some shade during the hottest parts of the summer.
  • Do not prune the leaves back immediately after flowering.
  • It will need minimum feeding at the start of the season and again about mid-way through the summer.
  • Avoid chlorinated water, it will damage the leaves.
  • Aphids and Whiteflies can become pests, look for the attack and act soon.

Harvesting

NA

Typical uses of Strobilanthes dyeriana

Special features: Persian shield is a phenomenal foliar specimen.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: It can be grown as an annual bedding plant or in containers. It can be used as a houseplant.

Medicinal use: NA

References

  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/tro-50213742
  • https://www.thespruce.com/persian-shield-strobilanthes-dyerianus-1402914
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a122
  • https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/52694/Royal-purple-plant/Details

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