Barleria obtusa, the bush violet, is an evergreen, multi-stemmed shrub with blue, violet, white or pink autumn flowers. The plants may scramble into adjacent trees, reaching heights around 2 m.
The leaves are opposite, soft, hairy and have entire margins. Net-veining is prominent below, indented on the upper surface. The tubular flowers appear at branch-tips. There is a conspicuous style and two stamens with violet coloured pollen. The woody fruit capsules dehisce, scattering their seeds forcibly.
B. obtusa is by now a common garden plant in many parts of the world as it flowers well, often resows itself in the garden, is hardy against drought, while growing easily and fast.
In nature it is found from Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape. It is browsed by antelope (www.plantzafrica.com).