Growing to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and broad, it is a tropical evergreen shrub, cultivated for its dark green foliage with bright, metallic-purple stripes radiating outward from the central leaf vein. In proper conditions, it will also produce pale purple flowers.
With a minimum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), S. dyeriana grows best in USDA Zones 10–11. In more temperate climates it is grown as a houseplant. It prefers a warm, humid position in good light. As the intense purple colour may fade with age, it is often treated as an annual. In the UK it has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Strobilanthes dyeriana". Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1845337315.
- "Persian shield: How To Grow & Care For Strobilanthes Dyeriana". Epic Gardening. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
- "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 100. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
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