Barleria repens (Small bush violet) Aka Red Barleria, Coral Barleria, Coral Creeper, is a plant of the Acanthaceae family. It occurs in forests and woodlands from tropical Africa to South Africa, but has naturalized in tropical America.
It usually forms a rounded to spreading bushy shrub up to 1 ft., but may sometimes also climb or lean into nearby trees and shrubs (up to 3ft.). New branches tend to root as they touch ground, so this plant can quickly spread. 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. Hardy to USDA zones 10-11.
Barleria repens Nees, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, t. 6913-6972, vol. 113 [ser. 3, vol. 43]: t. 6954 (1887) [draaien]