Barleria obtusa / Bush Violet / Small Evergreen Shrub / Seeds

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Barleria obtusa / Bush Violet / Small Evergreen Shrub / Seeds

A great evergreen multi-stemmed shrub for a warmer garden, with masses of violet blue flowers in autumn.  Bush Violet grows into a mound of soft sage leaves to a height of 80 100cm.  They are great for rockeries, top of walls,and ground cover.  In pots, they cascade softly over the edges.  They tolerate windy coastal gardens.  The plants come originally from Southern Africa where they grow on forest margins. 

Bush Violet grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained humus-rich soil.  Plants are drought resistant once established but flower better with regular water. They look best pruned hard every year after flowering.

 

Pack of 30 seeds.  Sow anytime, typically spring to autumn.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

   

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Hardiness Half hardy evergreen perennial shrub (RHS Hardiness H3)
Flowers Late summer to autumn
Height 80 - 100cm
Spread 120 - 150cm
Conditions  Full sun to part shade and humus-rich well-drained soil
Sow

Sow anytime, typically spring to autumn.  Sow in a tray of seed compost and cover lightly with compost.  Keep the tray at 20-25C away from direct sunlight and seeds start to germinate in 2-4 weeks.  Germination can be erratic, so keep the tray going for several weeks after the first seedling appears.

Grow Protect seedlings and plants from frost.  Pinch out the tips of established seedlings to encourage bushiness.  Cut back the plant hard after flowering to help maintain a good shape.  Trim the tips of the stems in early summer for better flowers.  Semi-ripe cuttings can be taken in summer.