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PlantFiles: 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)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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By Happenstance
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By DarinAZ
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rosarita 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 tcfromky 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.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Clayton, California
Santa Barbara, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Alvin, Texas

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