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Products > Barleria repens
 
Barleria repens - Coral Creeper

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus¹)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [B. rosea]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Barleria repens (Coral Creeper) - Barleria repens is an evergreen plant with small rounded soft glossy leaves and pink-red flowers. It typically grows as a small rounded to spreading shrub to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide or more but if given some support it can climb up to 6 feet tall. The stems of this plant can root along the ground, allowing it to cover a large area. The tubular pinkish-red flowers are 2 inches long and flare out to over 1 inch wide. They are tubular, fairly large and appear primarily from late summer through fall with a scattering of bloom throughout the year. It grows best in cool coastal sun or partial shade. In dense shade it becomes lanky and does not flower well. It performs best in a well-drained soil with regular irrigation. Hardy to 28 F. Prune hard after flowering in winter to keep tidy. It is a tough, fast growing plant that adapts well to varying conditions. It makes a great container plant or large scale groundcover and is particularly suited for spilling over a wall, so its cascading habit can best be appreciated. Barleria repens comes from forested area of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa northwards to tropical Africa. It has violet and white forms as well. The genus was named by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753 to honor Jacques Barrelier (1606-1673), a French physician, botanist, plant collector, author and Dominican monk who is often cited as the Rev. James Barrelier. The specific epithet given this plant is the Latin word meaning "creeping". We initially received this plant as Barleria rosea from the Huntington Botanic Garden.  Information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it the nursery's garden and in other gardens we visit as well, as well as in our nursery crops in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing  Barleria repens.