Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus)
I have several plants in sun, partial shade and a lot of shade. They all are doing very well but have never flowered. I am very pleased with the plant but I never knew that it could flower. Is there a secret?
I replied to your e-mail, but for the benefit of anyone else reading this thread, no. There is no secret. I bought these plants as pretty much 12" sticks in pots of very dry soil. Each had about three leaves at the tips of the stems. They were leggy and dying!
I planted them here, watered about twice a week for a couple weeks and then ignored them for about a year. As I puttered one day, I noticed these blooms and snapped a picture.
I'm hoping they continue to recover and get really big and bushy. They've suffered no frost damage all winter and seem to be really happy. I think the secret is accidentally choosing just the right spot. There's another spot about 5 feet away that everything dies in. (See my What Grows in the Dark, Practically? thread)
For the record, these plants are still blooming as of today.