Bush Violet
Barleria obtusa

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Barleria (bar-LEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: obtusa (ob-TOO-suh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

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

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Phoenix, Arizona

Clayton, California

Santa Barbara, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Alvin, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 7, 2005, rosarita from Santa Barbara, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

This plant was growing all over our property when we moved in, sun or shade, regular water or completely drought tolerant it thrives everywhere. I've found it very useful for filling in where other plants will not grow.

I'm not sure, though, if this picture is correct? My plants have smaller more rounded leaves that are all green.

Neutral

On Oct 4, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This small shrub, native to Africa, can tolerate drought conditions but prefers regular waterings. It grows well in full sun to part shade. It may be propagated from air layering, cuttings and seeds. Flowers are a deep lavender.