Strobilanthes dyerianus, Persian shield, is sometimes known as the royal purple plant. Unlike many other plants, there aren’t any cultivar variations with additional names, as it’s all the same basic plant. Native to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), it comes from Southeast Asia.
This lush tropical has lance-shaped, dark green leaves that flush to a brilliant purple. A silvery, iridescent sheen can sometimes coat the purple flush, making the purple look metallic or iridescent. Each of its leaves can grow to reach 7 inches in length and up to 3 inches wide.
It often grows to be three to four feet tall, and two to three feet in width. It’s primarily grown for those brilliant purple-flushed leaves but does produce some tiny flowers in the winter months in zones 10-11 or when overwintered indoors.
The flower is blue-violet in colouration, tiny and funnel-shaped. They’re often lost against the stunning foliage, and many growers pinch off flower stalks when they appear.
Rainforest plants such as this purple and green plant prefer a humid environment and warm temperatures.
It can handle full sun to partial shade, but if you’re at all in doubt, opt for slightly shadier conditions. As these often grow under the cover of trees, dappled sunlight is just fine. You’ll also want to turn the plant regularly to ensure it doesn’t become leggy as it reaches towards the light. Your royal purple plant will like having consistent, even moisture in its soil.
You can easily take a cutting from this plant and propagate for friends and family. A beautiful easy-care houseplant that is still very hard to find.
15cm pot, fully established full mother plant that's growing well.