In this post, we will answer the question, “What is a Persian Shield plant” and discover the amazing qualities this one possesses.
These plants are so easy to get along with and add vibrancy to your space as few others can do. They also work well indoors or out. It is worth noting however that these are only hardy in USDA zones 9-11 so indoor growing is definitely preferred for many climates. Let’s explore more of what they have to offer…
What Makes Persian Shield unique?
- The very first thing that makes this plant unique are its incredibly vibrant foliage colors. They have a metallic, iridescent quality to them with a blend of deep (almost neon) purple, green veins and silver combined. They keep this color all year.
- With less light, the colors become even more vibrant and impressive, making this a great choice for the not-so-bright spaces of your home or landscape. They have all the color you need! Do pay attention to leaf color. If they look washed out and dull, move to a shadier spot. Otherwise, some bright (indirect) light is usually good.
- They are very easy to propagate, enabling you to grow your collection quickly or give as the perfect gift.
I Need Low Maintenance, Is This For Me?
You might have found your match made in Heaven. Strobilanthes dyerianus (their scientific name), also known as Persian shield, do not require a lot of water. They like to be drier in the winter. During Spring, Summer and Fall, check to see if the top couple inches of soil are dry. If they are, your plant will thank you for a drink of water. They do however very much like humidity as they originate from Myanmar. To increase their humidity exposure, you could purchase a humidity tray such as the one found here on Amazon or you could follow these very detailed instructions from the National Gardening Association about the easiest ways to create humidity for your plants in the home.
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Is Persian Shield Kid & Pet Friendly?
I have good news! It appears that this plant is non-toxic to both kids and pets. You can rest a bit easier knowing that should there be an event where your child or your 4-legged child decides to have a taste out of curiosity, they should be okay!
You can control whether they become tall and leggy or remain on the shorter, bushier side. How do you do that? In between their leaves are small shoots. They look exactly like baby leaves. If you carefully “pinch” these off with your fingers to remove them, it will cause this plant to remain shorter and expand outward. Leaving the shoots on will cause the Persian Shield to continue to grow upward, which can cause it to look unhealthy over time with all the foliage near the top and more bare near the bottom. If it becomes too “leggy,” often times it will be necessary to take cuttings for propagation and discard of the mother plant. This is why routine pinching of the shoots is recommended for optimal health and proper growth.
You Really Can’t Go Wrong…
Persian Shield is a fantastic addition to your home or office. If you are mindful of the warmth, light and humidity levels this plant is exposed to, it’s pretty easy going to care for. The tropical colors it brings to your space will brighten any mood and compliment any decor. It has been and will remain one of my personal favorites. I’m betting it will become one of yours too, if it isn’t already. Enjoy!
If you should choose that you’d like to purchase one online, I will provide a link through the photo below to this plant being sold on Amazon. If you’d rather support your local nursery, typically they will stock Persian Shield because of their popularity. Here’s to hoping you will find one you love that will bring you joy for years to come!
If there is anything I can help you with, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for coming!
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