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Strobilanthes dyerianus

 
Strobilanthes dyerianus

Common name Persian shield
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers violet
Size 3-4'
Light sun-part shade

Shrubby perennial native to Myanmar with strikingly variegated leaves, metallic purple on dark green. Leaves are longer (4-7") than they are wide. In hot-summer areas, foliage color is best where the plant receives some shade. Although the plant is rated hardy to only zone 9 or even 10, a fellow gardener here in my zone 8b area reported that hers has survived for many years, so perhaps it is root hardy in colder zones. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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