Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Strobilanthes dyerianus, is Persian shield, or Bermuda conehead, and is from Burma (Myanmar): go figure! The genus name means cone-flower, hence the second part of the second name. A purely tropical shrub but a knockout foliage annual or tender perennial (roots might overwinter here, might not) with leaves that look like purple foil etched with green variegations. Best with morning sun and afternoon shade and plenty of moisture and fertilizer.
Posted by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at 11:07 AM