Persian Shield, Bermuda Conehead
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Asteridae||A large class that encompasses asters|
|Order||Lamiales||Aromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary|
|Family||Acanthaceae||Acanthus family, of tropical herbs and shrubs|
|Genus||Strobilanthes||From the Greek strobilos, “a cone,” and anthos, “flower,” for the form of the flower-head in some species|
|Species||dyerianus||For botanist Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer (1843-1928), Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from 1885-1905|
About plant names...
Persian shield isn’t Persian. It’s from Myanmar (Burma). It is not found in the wild in
North America. The genus Strobilanthes means “cone flower,” because the flowerheads
Identification: Persian shield is an evergreen, or more
accurately, an “everpurple,” given that its leaves are a stunningly beautiful shade of purple,
variously described as iridescent or metallic.
It is a tropical shrub 3-4' (91-121 cm) tall and 24-36" (60-91 cm) around. Leaves are opposite, a combination of purple and
green, and 4-7" (10-17 cm) long. Flowers are inconspicuous, pale violet, on short cone-shaped
Strobilanthes dyerianus at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Strobilanthes dyerianus on floridata.com
Strobilanthes dyerianus on
Strobilanthes dyerianus at Top Tropicals
Strobilanthes dyerianus at Cool Tropical Plants
Strobilanthes dyerianus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Jan 2019.
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8/29/2010 · Joy and Jim’s, Mansfield, MA
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm)
8/21/2004 · Hawaii Botanical Gardens, HI
Range: Zones 9b-11:
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