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Barleria obtusa

Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Common names: Bush Violet (E); idololenkonyane (Z); Bosviooltjie (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub

Barleria obtusa

EVERGREEN

SEMI-SHADE

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.75m x 1m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Barleria obtusa

DESCRIPTION

Barleria obtusa is a fast-growing, multi-stemmed plant that forms a rounded bushy shrub. The mid-green leaves are covered with fine translucent hairs and have entire margins that are upturned. Barleria obtusa gives a spectacular autumn display of masses of dainty violet flowers (2-3cm wide) which are borne on the top part of the branch. The seed capsule becomes woody when mature, and then the seeds are explosively released and scattered on the ground.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The mass of flowers attract bees and butterflies.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance. To keep in shape, trim the bush after flowering. It self-seeds quite freely so you may find additional shrubs popping up throughout the garden in a few years.
LANDSCAPING USES
Use to line a pathway, in a rockery or grown in a container. Barleria obtusa is a valuable addition to a butterfly garden as its flowers produce nectar to attract butterflies. It is also a larval host plant to 3 Junonia species(Yellow Pansy, Brown Pansy and Blue Pansy).
GARDEN THEMES
Country, Forest
FOLIAGE

3 Responses

  1. Hi Patricia

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    I’ve no experience in planting Barleria obtusa from seed as they tend to self-seed quite freely in my garden so I’m sure you’ll have success.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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