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Purple Shield

:  Persian shield
BOTANICAL NAME:  Strobilanthes dyerianus  (stroh-bil-AN-theez  dy-er-ee-AN-us)
FAMILY:  Acanthaceae  (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee)
HABIT:  Tender perennial with distinctive purple foliage. Height: 24-48 in. Spacing: 36-48 in.
CULTURE:  Best in shade to part shade. Can stand some full sun but the rich purple color comes out best in shady locations. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. It is also suitable for growing indoors. Hardiness: zones 9-11 but used as an annual in colder climates. Tolerant of most soils but best in well-prepared beds. Propagation is from softwood cuttings.


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