Plants to Combine with Persian Shield

safariofthemind(z7b NC)February 14, 2004

Just idling the winter away waiting for the season to start. I was playing with color combinations and got to thinking about Persian Shield. I'll be planting 4 of them in part shade. It's such an exotic, irridescent type of purple that I have some trouble visualizing what to combine with it. Any suggestions?


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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)


I love this plant for shock value (color). LOL!

I use Pretoria canna, margerite sweet potato vine, alocasia, yellow or green coleus, ficus "Sylvie" and other cannas.

One of my favorite combos is persian shield, Pretoria canna and fiery red coleous.

check out the photos below
I have other combo photos, if interested, email me directly.

Boca Joe

Here is a link that might be useful: Boca Joe's Tropicals

    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 8:43AM
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bihai(zone 9)

I planted mine with the variegated and spotted forms of Cast Iron plant, holly fern, black sweet potato vine, and the Zebrina species of wandering Jew (the little vining iridescent striped one?) as ground cover. ALso in the same bed are Kaempheria "Raven" and Kaempheria "Grande", Costus curvibracteatus Orange Tulip and Costus woodsonii "French Kiss", a double white brugmansia, fatsia japonica, and Calathea louiseii.

AT my old house I paired them with Brug Peaches and Cream and variegated Ttapioca, variegated oleander, and ALocasias"Metallica" and Odora.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 9:04AM
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safariofthemind(z7b NC)

Love that combo Boca Joe. Is that striped lime green Canna Pretoria? What a shocker -- will have to issue sunglasses to visitors! LOL.

Bihai, have you got any pics online? The brug combo sounds interesting but brugs are sun plants, how did the p shield do there? Did it get crispy.

Keep'em photos coming -- I love to see the spirit of tropicalesque at its mischievous best.


    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 6:09PM
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jayreynolds(zone 6/7)

My first -ever- tropicalesque bed will have persian shield too.
It's 10'x10', with stonemasonry walls on either side, actually on a fairly steep slope rising above a 3'high dry-stacked stone wall, with our kitchen window looking down upon it all.
M/L from bottom to top-
-wandering jew trailing down the wall and ground cover for:
-persian shield
-some green and some red coleus
-white calla lilies
-Ipomoea Blackie ground cover under:
-green and black magic EE's
-Hibiscus Lord Baltimore(red)
-hosta sum & substance
-musa zebrina, basjoo
-canna pretoria
-ensete maurelli
-finally, climbing up downspouts on L&R sides
Clematis Ville de Lyon(magenta)

Most of these are first year plants, I expect it will get crowded the second year and need some revisions.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2004 at 10:58PM
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bihai(zone 9)

RJ, I don't have photos of those particular beds. Only of what's inside my greenhouse. You can see those at:

    Bookmark   February 16, 2004 at 7:15AM
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safariofthemind(z7b NC)

Cool greenhouse bihai!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2004 at 4:47AM
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rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)

I grew my Persian Shield with Dichondra 'Silver Falls' underneath it and the silver from the Dichondra and purple from the PS was beautiful together.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2004 at 1:05PM
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bihai(zone 9)

Thanks RJ!
No, I have grown Persian Shield in as much as 1/2 day full sun and it didn't burn or anything. It does take a lot of water the more sun it has though

    Bookmark   February 18, 2004 at 7:05PM
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Musa_addict(z6 KY)

Hi, I combined mine in cobalt blue pots with Lime Zinger sweet potato and it looks amazing.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2004 at 4:10PM
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i combined mine with copper plants, chenille plants ( both acalyphas ) those blackish coleus plants, portulacas and bright pink madagascar periwinkles

all in full sun

    Bookmark   August 17, 2004 at 9:23PM
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randit(z8 southern NM)

I have Persian Shield all over the place in our "back yard", under Live Oaks. I placed some beneath some nice Sagos at the edge of the back patio. It provides a nice contrast for the "hard form" of the sagos, and offers a "soft skirting" beneath the rigid, all-green, "needles" of the sagos. The Sagos also provide extra protection for the Persion Shiel in the winter.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2004 at 11:45PM
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I have recently aqquired several Persian Shield plants
to accompany Black Magic Elephants Ears and Pink Futurity
dwarf Cannas. I am trying a Tropical look at one end of house. I included some Magenta Pentas, and Little Blackie
Imopoena Vine. I use various shades of Magenta flowering
plants every year. Impatiens ,Dianthus,Periwinkle. The
lavender shades of Hostas seem to really look good with
the Magenta color. I like the Chartreuse colored Hostas paired with Blackish Purple of the Black Magic elephants
ears.I added some Blue Paradise Phlox also.
I am hoping to take cuttings from the Persian Shield
and start some plants in another area, which recieves more shade. I am experimenting with the Persian Shield to see if it will grow in the more shady areas of my garden.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2005 at 9:27AM
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pdxgreg(OR 8)

Although I can't see the flower to know for sure, it looks to me like it's planted with heliotrope in your original picture, Safari.

If that's the case, I'll bet that's a beautiful combination. It seems like the purple of the heliotrope flower would be a perfect match for the color in the Persian Shield leaves.

Does anyone know if they like similar conditions?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2005 at 5:49PM
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    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 3:10AM
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I have a friend I turned on to Persian Shield. She has her growing in a pot with deep Purple Petunias trailing down all around it...Looks terrific.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 11:44AM
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I have mine planted next to carex (yellow-green variegated grass), farfugium (dark green with yellow splotches), all under a Brugmansia (angel trumpet, Charles Grimaldi) "tree". I love the yellow-purple contrast and the foliage and big penduluous blooms reaching down to the underplantings. Can't wait for it all to grow in!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 1:16PM
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I have combined this with coleus and sweet potato vines in shades of green, red and purple for an absolutely dazzling container.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 1:02PM
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