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Barleria obtusa Purple Gem

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Barleria obtusa Purple Gem Bush Violet,
Native: Foliage Type:
No Evergreen
Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Palms, Ferns & Tropical, Shrubs Shrub Like, Upright

Non-invasive evergreen shrub with foliage coloured green and cream. New leaves flush brightly with burgundy. Dainty mauve and white flowers cover the shrub predominately over the warmer months, flowering for much longer in tropical and sub-tropical areas. it can flower all year round. A great plant for containers, patios and mass planting. Grows 1m tall x 50cm wide.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
60cm-1m 30-60cm

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Any, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Borders / Shrubbery, Courtyard, Feature, Foliage Feature / Colour, Mass Planting, Tropical Garden, Container / Pot, Under Trees

Pests & Diseases: Aphids, Mealy Bugs

Cultural Notes:

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Acanthaceae Africa

Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, White, Variegated
Flower Colour: Purple
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Autumn, Spring, Summer
Fruit: No

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Moderate
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Medium / Moderate
Drought: Medium / Moderate
Frost: Tender
Wind: Medium / Moderate