Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus)

Watauga, TX(Zone 8a)

Common name: Persian Shield
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Strobilanthes
Species dyerianus

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Everson, WA(Zone 8a)

What is growing in front of the Persian Shield? It is a neat color combination.

Watauga, TX(Zone 8a)

It is coleus.

It all happened simply because I had rooting pieces of the Persian Shield and the Coleus; then had only one extra large pot at the time. :)

They love the same part shade and same watering so they are perfect companions.

Here's a link to it.
I'm pretty sure it is the same coleus.

Everson, WA(Zone 8a)

I don't think yours is the 'Trailing Plum' in the hyperlink. That one is dark in the center and lighter on the edges and yours is the opposite. I think yours is much prettier; it is so velvety and I love the colors.

Jacksonville, IL(Zone 5a)

Oh, I thought the coleus was the Persian Shield! Really nice combination. They are both beautiful!

Watauga, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks to both of you. :)

I'll have to do some searching to find out just what kind of coleus it is then.
I got the cuttings from a neighbor over two years ago, she has since moved. So I'll have to look into it.

I can probably find it at one of these two galleries:

Everson, WA(Zone 8a)

Great resources, CC. Thanks for sharing. And definitely let us know if you find the name of your coleus; it's a real beauty.

Jacksonville, IL(Zone 5a)

Boy, thanks for the links! I'm really starting to get hooked on coleus! Whoever knew there were so many! That's all I need...hosta, columbine, coral bells, roses, cactus and succulents, daylilies and now coleus! And to think I didn't even care for them last year! But I got a packet of a rainbow mix that I started just as a fluke and got some really neat looking plants that go so well in my shady areas! I know they aren't the special kind, but I really enjoyed them this year. I'm hoping to harvest some seeds from them if the weather cooperates. But just incase, I took some cutting of my faves to root indoors.

I'll be looking forward to hearing what you find as to the name of the one in your photo.

This message was edited Oct 3, 2003 9:41 PM

Jacksonville, IL(Zone 5a)

I've just spent the last 45 minutes browsing around the Glasshouse works site! What a mass of plants they have in the "Coleus in the Landscape" section! I wonder how many plants that represents. They must be in a warm climate where those coleus live through the winter. They couldn't possibly start all those plants all over again each spring! And it makes me wonder what their backyard looks like!

I loved the variegated plants section too. I remember viewing Glasshouse Works in the early days of the Internet. They have grown a lot since then! Neat site! Thanks.

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

You captured a beautiful color combination with these two together. Reminds me of the Red Hat Society!

Green Bay, WI(Zone 5a)

Absolutely gorgeous combination...I too have gotten hooked on coleus this year and have six new plants indoors. Just in the nick of time because we experienced our first killing frost (coleus and dahlias) a couple days ago. Nothing I have started is as brilliant as yours. With be watching for the name of it. Thanks for posting.

Watauga, TX(Zone 8a)

Well we all just may have to start sharing cuttings! :)

I'll try to find out what kind I have soon. Tomorrow I will have some time to research. Actually I may e-mail a photo to a few people that could probably tell me exactly what it is. Not only am I curious but all of you now have me VERY VERY curious! :)

I love that the leaves are so velvety, to the touch, on the coleus.

Take care.

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

Where can I find Persian Shield in Houston, Texas, Zone 8b?

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