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Bush Violet

Barleria obtusa

Also known as

Barleria, Bosviooltjie (Afr.), Idololenkonyane

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2m

75cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

A fast growing, evergreen flowering shrub with dainty purple flowers (during Autumn). Also known to flower in late winter to early spring. It is fairly drought resistant, but regular watering encourages growth. Pruning in winter is necessary to keep it in a compact shape with new growth for spring. Flowers attract butterflies. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.

Common problems

Might be attacked by whiteflies, red spider mites and aphids when grown in a greenhouse.

    Harvesting

    Collect seeds when the seed capsule becomes woody and brown in colour before they are naturally dispersed. Collect flowers as they appear from April-May.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Sow seeds in well-drained seed trays. Cover with coarse river sand and keep in a shaded area. Self-seeding also regularly takes place.

    Cuttings

    Take semi-soft wood cuttings during summer. Dip the base in hormone powder to stimulate root development. Expect results in approximately 4 weeks.

    Layering

    Use long branch that hasn't flowered. Bend down during autumn towards hole filled with coarse river sand. Remove leaves near area touching soil. Score underside. Peg branch into hole. Keep moist.

    Special Features

    Attracts useful insects

    Lovely flowering shrub for the garden that attracts butterflies.

    Drought resistant

    Can survive for extended periods with little watering and popular in xeriscaping.

    Autumn colour

    Leaves turn a red-bronze colour during autumn.

    Uses

    Lovely flowering shrub for the garden that attracts butterflies.

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