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Other Names: Alternata

Scientific Name: Strobilanthes Alternata

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Strobilanthes

Native: Malaysia


Strobilanthes are evergreen, or in this case, everpurplishsilverygrey, quickly growing tropical shrubs! This variety has deeply marked leaves and stunning, iridiscent, paper thin foliage and does well in bounded patches for shrubbery or in hanging containers. One of the fastest growing, no-nonsense shrubs that will grow well in shade or semi-shade, it adds fabulous color and textural interest to any garden. This variety is called 'Alternata'.


***All our plants are grown in organically enriched living soil without the use of any chemical fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides.

Persian Shield Alternata

  • GROWING: Re-pot in a larger container to increase root and foliage growth. Grow in a container/hanging basket or bounded outdoor space as this plant is quite demanding of soil/water resources and will grow rapidly. Trim off old, drying leaves from time to time and add this as shredded foliage around your plant to increase humus and soil health.

    LIGHT: If growing indoors, place in a bright spot with exposure to direct sunlight for at least four hours daily. If growing outdoors, place in full sun or semi-shade. Unlike other tradescentia cultivars, this one thrives on sunlight.

    WATERING: Daily in summer and thrice a week rest of the year. Allow soil to dry out completely between watering events. Never let its roots sit in stagnant water. If growing indoors, ensure that drip trays are emptied regularly.

    FERTILIZING: Our plants are sold in organically enriched, NPK+MagSulf strong, potting mixes that would need no additional soil amendments for at least one year. If re-potting/migrating to a larger container, we recommend the use of Mandy's Farm Foliage Plant Potting Mix or one similar to it.

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