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•Status in Florida: Cultivated, non-native

•Size at Maturity: Philippine Violet is a perennial shrub that typically reaches heights of 2 to 3 feet tall with a spread of 2 to 3 feet wide.

•Phenology: Philippine Violet produces clusters of small, tubular purple flowers with yellow throats.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Philippine Violet blooms intermittently throughout the warm season, with peak bloom occurring in spring and summer.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained, fertile soil; Philippine Violet prefers soil with good drainage.

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Moderate moisture; Philippine Violet prefers evenly moist soil but can tolerate brief periods of drought once established.

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Philippine Violet is commonly used as an ornamental plant in garden borders, mixed plantings, and container gardens. Its clusters of purple flowers add color and texture to the landscape.

•Maintenance Tips: Philippine Violet requires little maintenance once established. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continued blooming and prune back any dead or damaged growth as needed.

•Considerations: Philippine Violet is valued for its colorful flowers and compact growth habit, making it suitable for small gardens and containers.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; deer and rabbits may occasionally browse on Philippine Violet foliage, but it is not typically preferred by these animals.

•Edible: Philippine Violet is not typically consumed by humans and is not considered edible.

•Medicinal Uses: In some cultures, various parts of Philippine Violet have been used for medicinal purposes, but it is not widely recognized as a medicinal plant.

•Toxicity to Pets: Philippine Violet is generally considered non-toxic to pets, but ingestion may cause mild gastrointestinal upset.

Philippine Violet - Barleria cristata, non-native


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