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Strobilanthes spp.

Full Sun
Moderate care


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

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A photo of Strobilanthes
A photo of Strobilanthes
A photo of Strobilanthes
Persian Shield Night
Hemigraphis alternata (leaves)


A genus of evergreen, herbaceous perennial or shrub species in the Acanthaceae family, from Southeast Asia and Madagascar. Cultivated varieties include Persian shield that has attractive purple-red flushed dark green foliage with a silver sheen and funnel shaped pale blue flowers held on spikes. They are frost tender and are usually grown as houseplants, occasionally outside in sheltered areas but they require winter protection.