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Ruellia simplex

Common Name(s):
Mexican petunia, Texas petunia
Cultivar(s):
'Purple Showers', 'Chi Chi', 'Katie' - slightly salt tolerant
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

Also known as Ruellia brittoniana, but R. simplex is preferred, as it is the name first given to the plant when described in Cuba. Native to Mexico, considered invasive in Florida; naturalizes from South Carolina to Texas and Hawaii. Seeds freely; some cultivars are sterile ('Purple Showers') but may spread by rhizomes. Tolerates soil conditions from wet to dry, thus suitable for rain gardens. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Season:
spring, summer, fall
Height:
2-4 ft.
Flower Color:
Purple
Hardiness:
7-10
Propagation:
Seeds, rhizomes
Soil:
medium to wet
Origin:
Mexico
Tags:
perennial, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 2832

Ruellia simplex Ruellia simplex growth habit
Jim Mullhaupt, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Ruellia simplex Ruellia simplex flower detail
Alejandro Bayer Tamayo, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Ruellia simplex flowers
Alejandro Bayer Tamayo, CC-BY-SA-2.0