Barleria repens – Coral Creeper

Barleria repens - Coral Creeper, Red Barleria, Creeping Barleria, Small Bush Violet

Barleria repens - Coral Creeper, Red Barleria, Creeping Barleria, Small Bush Violet

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Barleria repens

Common Names: Coral Creeper, Red Barleria, Creeping Barleria, Small Bush Violet

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial, Evergreen

Growth Habit: Subshrub, Vine, Herb/Forb

Hawaii Native Status: Introduced. This naturalized ornamental garden plant is native to South Africa.

Flower Color: Light red to coral, Salmon to lavender-pink, Pinkish purple

Height: 6 inches to 6 1/2 feet (15 cm to 2 m) tall

Description: The flowers are tubular and have 5 round, spreading, unequally-sized lobes and light purple anthers. The flowers are followed by club-shaped seed capsules that explode open when dry, ejecting the seeds a fair distance from the parent plant. The leaves are smaller than the showy flowers and are shiny, green, smooth-edged, and oval in shape. This variable and adaptable plant can grow as low, rounded plants when young, as a spreading groundcover in open, sunny locations, as a tall, rambling vine amongst other plants, or even as an epiphyte on other plants like palm trees. These attractive, but weedy plants are fast-growing and can spread quickly by seed or rooting stems.

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Acanthaceae – Acanthus family
Genus: Barleria L. – Philippine violet
Species: Barleria repens Nees