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PlantFiles: Variegated Phillipine Violet
Barleria cristata 'Variegata'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Barleria (bar-LEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: cristata (kris-TAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mjsponies On Dec 22, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have all three varieties, the purple, white and variegated and love them all. Grow them in a high shade/dappled sun location. They do self seed but for me that's easily taken care of with the lawn mower.
I favorite is the variegated, beautiful foliage and purple flowers.
So far has been hardy and over the 08/09 winter we had temps down to the upper teens (very unusual for us ! ) several nights in a row.
Fairly drought tolerant once established. No pests, one of my favorites !

Seeds are easy to germinate, and come true to the variegation.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clearwater, Florida
Deland, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Haines City, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas

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