Please note that in some areas this flower is a mauve colour.
The small bush violet produces masses of pretty tubular flowers and will happily scramble up into surrounding vegetation if conditions are good.
Woodland and forest, from KwaZulu-Natal northwards to tropical Africa.
Named in honour of the Rev. James Barrelier MD of Paris. The Latin word repens means 'creeping and rooting'. There are 60 species of Barleria in South Africa. Most are bushy shrubs, some with a tendency to scramble, such as B. obtuse, which is often cultivated. B greenii and several others show merit as garden plants too.
The flowers attract insects which, in turn, become food for insect-eating birds such as bulbuls, orioles, bush shrikes, thrushes and boubou shrikes.