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PlantFiles: Red Barleria
Barleria repens

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Barleria (bar-LEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: repens (REE-penz) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive williamca On Nov 9, 2013, williamca from Plant City, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a good plant for containers although every seed germinates. Blooming is spotty here in my zone 9b garden but other than giving it a haircut and pulling seedlings it is a trouble free plant known as Coral Creeper here in Florida.

Positive Makakilo On Jul 28, 2013, Makakilo from Makakilo City, HI wrote:

My landscaper planted this instead of the Asystasia I requested as a ground cover on the steepest slopes in my yard in Makakilo, Oahu. A lot of people here call it "red asystasia." I agree that it's invasive if not constantly monitored, but it is one tough competitor against other plants that I don't want on those slopes, especially grass. I had Arachis glabrata (Golden Glory) covering a nearby slope and it never stood a chance against the Barleria, whose seeds traveled twenty feet across the yard. (During some times of the year you can stand there and hear the seed pods popping) The unwanted stray seedlings that pop up everywhere are very easy to pull and can be transplanted. I needed a ground cover that can beat anything in this sub-tropical locale, and this one does it.

Negative Kalpavriksha On Jun 14, 2010, Kalpavriksha from Sarasota, FL wrote:

Once you have this, you'll almost never get rid of it. The seeds shoot a distance and the smallest piece left in the ground will resprout. It will invade hedges, pots, even the driest and most sandy soil.
Looks like I'll be pulling it out for years.

Positive arielsadmirer On Jan 25, 2005, arielsadmirer from Margate, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I purchased this plant in the spring of 2004. I have it planted below a tall Washingtonia Palm. It has filled the bed nicely almost encircling the base. It is slowly creeping up the palm trunk.

It readily blooms beginning around Thanksgiving, with no flowers in the summer. Seed is easy to harvest and readily sprouts wherever spread.

The flowers are a beautiful coral pink. It makes a great groundcover and is easily managed.

This plant is also known as Coral Creeper.

Neutral Monocromatico On Jul 22, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is an African perenial herb, good for ground coverings or suspended vases, turning pendant as it grows outside the vase. It has very interesting red-purple flowers that may attract hummingbirds. It can be easily propagated by just layering the horizontal stem on the new container, or from stem cuttings.

It prefers organic soils, full sun, and does not tolerate frost.


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

Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)
Venice, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Kapolei, Hawaii
Corpus Christi, Texas
Goliad, Texas
Spring, Texas
Waco, Texas
Zapata, Texas

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