Barleria ovata is known as the grassland barleria as it grows in the summer rainfall grassland of South Africa from the Eastern Cape to the south-eastern parts of Limpopo.
The plant is an erect perennial that resprouts from the slightly woody rootstock in spring and after fires. It gives a hairy impression from leaf, stem and calyx, but the corolla is hairless. The leaves are opposite, elliptic, ovate or sometimes obovate.
The flowers are funnel-shaped and may be magenta, reddish to purple or shades of blue or white in colour. The blooming season is from spring to autumn (Germishuizen, 1982; Manning, 2009).