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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Jun 9, 2016 2:27 PM CST
The leaves are quite velvety.

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2016 4:37 PM CST
Does it have square stems? Odor when leaves are crushed?
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Jun 9, 2016 5:28 PM CST

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Appears to be a Ruellia. I'd guess Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis) , but am not sure how common that species is where you are.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jun 10, 2016 6:43 AM CST
I agree with Ruellia
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Jun 10, 2016 11:05 AM CST
Ruellia isn't common, no... I've never planted it, either, so I'd be surprised if that's what it is...

I'll have to see about the odor, which I should have checked. I'm thinking maybe it's a salvia of some type.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Jun 11, 2016 9:40 AM CST
It's a round stem, no scent.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Sep 4, 2016 8:59 PM CST
This did turn out to be ruellia, though I have no idea where it would have come from--I've never planted it. Must have been mixed with some of the seed I planted last year.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 4, 2016 9:52 PM CST
Apparently a few Ruellia are found in Maryland: http://www.marylandplantatlas.org/viewChecklist.php?genus=Ru...

I have R. humilis and it has velvety leaves but I'm not sure about the others.
Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis)
Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis)
Wild Petunia (Ruellia strepens)
Pursh's Wild Petunia (Ruellia purshiana)
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
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lovesblooms
Sep 5, 2016 9:54 AM CST
Oh, good to know there are some native ruellias. Maybe a bird dropped it...

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