Philippine Violet -- Barleria cristata

Robert J. Souvestre  |  12/21/2011 2:54:26 AM

Philippine Violet thrives in warm landscapes. Plants will die to the ground during winter and resume growth in the spring.

Clusters of purple flowers appear throughout the fall adding vibrant color to autumn landcapes.

Philippine Violet (Barleria cristata) is a wonderful fall blooming plant sporting deep green foliage and vibrant purple flowers from September to December. Easy to grow, these plants seem most comfortable when provided afternoon shade and moderate moisture. They grow 4 to 5 feet tall and are tolerant of most growing environments except wet soils.

Related to Ruellia (Mexican Petunia), they freely produce seed that will sprout volunteer plants in the garden. Dig and transplant in the spring to allow plants to establish and grow for best landscape performance.

Sought after for its late season’s flowers, Philippine Violet combines well in landscape plantings when paired with plants like variegated Alpinia (Shell Ginger), ligularia with its yellow fall flowers, late blooming butterfly weed (Asclepia), deciduous Japanese and southern sugar maple trees, and the bright golden-yellow flowers of Senna (Cassia) ‘Golden Wonder.'
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