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Barleria obtusa

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Features

  • Growth HabitClump
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Barleria obtusa. This shrub is from South Africa and will grow about 1m tall and has a spreading and bushy habit. The leaves are deep green with silky hairs over them. The flowers are profuse and they will bloom in spikes of white-purple in the autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Africa, Asia (tropics)

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilFertile
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

In the growing season, prune tips of young plants to encourage branching. For a more compact habit, shorten long stems after flowering.

Propagation

Seed in spring or by greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prey to white fly, red spider mites and aphids under glass.

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