Barleria monticola is a deciduous shrublet up to 80 cm high. Flowers are mauve and solitary in a distinct terminal spike. The leaves die back in the winter cold and shoot again in spring from the woody rootstock. This cushion-like plant often occurs in colonies in moist grassland.
Barleria monticola is the ideal plant plant for a grassland garden where frost is severe. Plant in a well-drained soil.