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Name: Lisa
Tomball, TX (Zone 9a)
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lisam0313
Jun 22, 2014 9:55 AM CST
Could someone please help me identify this plant. Thanks a lot!!!
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Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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growitall
Jun 22, 2014 10:00 AM CST
I don't know Texas plants, but I'd suggest Ruellia sp..
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 22, 2014 10:25 AM CST
Reminds me of Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex)
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Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 22, 2014 10:35 AM CST
http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/north-america.php?st...

1) Ruellia caerulea Morong

2) Ruellia caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Steud.

3) Ruellia caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Steud. ssp. caroliniensis

4) Ruellia caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Steud. ssp. caroliniensis var. caroliniensis

5) Ruellia caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Steud. ssp. caroliniensis var. serrulata Tharp & F.A. Barkley

6) Ruellia caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Steud. ssp. ciliosa (Pursh) R.W. Long

7) Ruellia caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Steud. ssp. ciliosa (Pursh) R.W. Long var. cinerascens (Fernald) Kartesz & Gandhi

8) Ruellia corzoi Tharp & F.A. Barkley

9) Ruellia davisiorum Tharp & F.A. Barkley

10) Ruellia drummondiana (Nees) A. Gray

11) Ruellia drushelii Tharp & F.A. Barkley

12) Ruellia drushelii Tharp & F.A. Barkley var. drushelii

13) Ruellia drushelii Tharp & F.A. Barkley var. macrocarpa Tharp & F.A. Barkley

14) Ruellia humilis Nutt.

15) Ruellia malacosperma Greenm.

16) Ruellia metziae Tharp

17) Ruellia nudiflora (Engelm. & A. Gray) Urb.

18) Ruellia nudiflora (Engelm. & A. Gray) Urb. var. nudiflora

19) Ruellia nudiflora (Engelm. & A. Gray) Urb. var. runyonii (Tharp & F.A. Barkley) B.L. Turner

20) Ruellia occidentalis (A. Gray) Tharp & F.A. Barkley

21) Ruellia parryi A. Gray

22) Ruellia pedunculata Torr. ex A. Gray

23) Ruellia pedunculata Torr. ex A. Gray ssp. pedunculata

24) Ruellia pedunculata Torr. ex A. Gray ssp. pinetorum (Fernald) R.W. Long

25) Ruellia strepens L.

26) Ruellia yucatana (Leonard) Tharp & F.A. Barkley
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 22, 2014 10:48 AM CST
Yep, Ruellia. If it isn't the native one then watch out, it can be extremely invasive. Ask me how I know? I didn't listen to those who told me so & thought I could keep ahead of it. I couldn't.
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jun 22, 2014 10:52 AM CST
I agree with plantladylin, it looks like Ruellia simplex. As flaflwrgrl said, it is an invasive, non-native species. I have it and it pops-up all over the place.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jun 22, 2014 6:08 PM CST
I am still trying to eradicate it from my property
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 23, 2014 9:50 AM CST
The leaves just reminded me of the R. simplex ... it is very invasive here in Florida and yet sooo many garden centers sell it!! Grumbling
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 23, 2014 12:07 PM CST
I don't think there are any ruellia that spread with tubers like bindweed (just an FYI), but they certainly do from seed. Seeds are ejected from the seed pods, usually at just the tiniest hint of turning brown. So if you can't remove the plant, cut off the seed pods well before they ripen. And be sure to discard in the garbage any remnant pods and not leave them lay. Even green seed might be old enough to finish ripening off the stem. Seedlings are difficult to pull, as they produce a deep root system from the get-go.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 23, 2014 1:11 PM CST
They don't have tubers like bindweed but they still spread underground. Ask me how I know. So you get both that as well as the seeds & well, it's sort of like wildfire. Blinking
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 23, 2014 2:16 PM CST
Yes, I left that caveat open because I am only familiar with a couple of the species that don't spread underground. There are many that I don't know. My seed advice likely holds true for all, though.
Name: Lisa
Tomball, TX (Zone 9a)
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lisam0313
Jun 23, 2014 8:19 PM CST
Thank you everyone!!! Thank You!
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Jun 24, 2014 2:21 PM CST
There are several commonly sold cultivars of Ruellia simplex that are sterile or nearly-sterile so they either don't set seeds or almost never do. 'Purple Showers' and the 'Mayan' series are examples. They can still spread vigorously by rhizomes but that can be controlled by growing them in a container, like you are doing. I'd keep a close eye on it to see if it develops seed pods or not. Then you'll know the level of caution you should take with this potential "wildfire."

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