I give the Philippine violet a double wink because of its beautiful flowers AND gorgeous foliage.
Here in Houston it grows into a nice bush that prefers morning sunshine and afternoon shade.
It is the last of the bloomers in our tropical garden. This week I was starting to prepare for winter and there it was blooming! It needs a better alarm clock.
There are two species for sale in our southern states: this hearty purple one and the not so hearty white flowering type (though you can grow them in frost free zones). I've grown both and much prefer Barleria cristata (purple Philippine violet)
You can grow this plant from cuttings. It will also produce a handful of volunteer seedlings each year.
That's it for this time.
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