If Prince Were A Plant...

|Strobilanthus dyerianus leaf + form|

|Strobilanthus dyerianus leaf + form|

Now, the Plant Provocateur is a Prince fan from way back.  If his royal badness were to be a plant I think he'd be Strobilanthus dyerianus otherwise known as Persian Shield. This passionately purple plant comes from the mystical land of Burma.  It has the most amazing shimmering leaves of purple with glints of silver.  A very iridescent metallic vibe.  Strikingly beautiful.  Best of all it loves part to full shade.  At last, something that can grow in the shade in a color other than green.  It's mostly grown as an annual but can overwinter in warm climates and grow up to 3 or 4 feet tall and wide.  It looks super slick in a container planting with contrasting plants in colors of silver or chartreuse.  You can pretty much find this plant at most nurseries.  So put some funk in your foliage and get some Persian Shield.  Remember it only wants to see u in the purple rain.