Red Barleria

Barleria repens

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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 19, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Commonly called coral creeper, it's a spreading evergreen groundcover shrub that roots where it touches the ground. There are varieties with white, salmon-pink/red, or violet-purple flowers.

It can climb to a height of 7' if it has a structure (or neighboring shrubs) for support. It can also hang gracefully down from the top of a retaining wall.

Native to south and tropical Africa, it needs less water in winter than in summer.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.