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Strobilanthes gossypinus (Persian Shield)

Strobilanthes gossypinus up close with grey leaves.
Large Strobilanthes gossypinus in a garden under a tree.
Strobilanthes gossypinus with grey leaves.
Grey foliage on Strobilanthes gossypinus.
The average plant height is 30 cm

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Suited to regions:Subtropical
Plant type:Shrubs
Height:1.00 m
Spread:1.50 m
Flowering time:
Garden uses:Borders, Containers, Living areas, Paths & Steps, Pool areas
Garden styles:Backyard, City & Courtyard, Frontyard, Japanese, Mediterranean, Modern, Tropical
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Strobilanthes gossypinus (Persian Shield) Details

Commonly known as the Persian Shield, this is an evergreen shrub grown for its lush foliage. It features grey-green leaves which are covered with fine hairs. These mid-sized, showy leaves are held densely off sturdy stems. It typically grows to 1 m tall and 1.5 m wide with a rounded shape, and performs best when planted on a well-drained, sheltered, frost free site in full sun or partial shade. Persian Shield is commonly included in a mixed planting, planted around outdoor living areas such as pools, maintained in a container, or used as a backdrop for smaller plants. Its foliage also makes it suitable for including in a tropical garden as well as providing great texture.

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