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Strobilanthes dyerianus

Strobilanthes dyeriana

Persian Shield, Bermuda Conehead

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyAcanthaceaeAcanthus family, of tropical herbs and shrubs
GenusStrobilanthes
Speciesdyerianus

About plant names...

Persian shield isn’t Persian. It’s from Myanmar (Burma). It is not found in the wild in North America. The genus Strobilanthes means “cone flower,” because the flowerheads are conical.

Identification: Persian shield is an evergreen, or more accurately, an “everpurple,” given that its leaves are a stunningly beautiful shade of purple, variously described as iridescent or metallic. It is a tropical shrub 3-4' (91-121 cm) tall and 24-36" (60-91 cm) around. Leaves are opposite, a combination of purple and green, and 4-7" (10-17 cm) long. Flowers are inconspicuous, pale violet, on short cone-shaped spikes.

Online References:

Strobilanthes dyerianus at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Strobilanthes dyerianus on FLORIDATA

Strobilanthes dyerianus at the Woodlands Garden Club

Strobilanthes dyerianus at Top Tropicals

Strobilanthes dyerianus at Cool Tropical Plants

Strobilanthes dyerianus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Strobilanthes dyerianus (Persian Shield, Bermuda Conehead)

8/29/2010 · Joy and Jim’s, Mansfield, MA
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm)

Strobilanthes dyerianus (Persian Shield, Bermuda Conehead)

8/21/2004 · Hawaii Botanical Gardens, HI

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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