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Strobilanthes (Persian Shield)
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It is easy to see how Strobilanthes was dubbed the Persian shield. The leaves have the appearance of little armor shields ready for battle, with a flashy, purplish iridescence and silvery metallic sheen. Although this plant's name is "Persian," it is native to Myanmar (formerly Burma), not Persia. It is a sub-shrub that is evergreen in hot climates. In cooler climates, it is grown as an annual plant and is even more popular as a houseplant because it tends to bloom during winter. It can grow well in containers or outdoor flowerbeds. Botanical Name Strobilanthes dyerianus Common Name Persian shield, royal purple plant Plant Type Evergreen perennial Mature Size 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Sun Partial shade Bloom Time Late Autumn or winter Flower Color Purplish-blue