What is this plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Rachel Kuliani
Durham, No
Question by rachelkulia
April 22, 2010
When we bought our house last summer there was this tall plant with purple flowers next to the front porch. It died back over the winter. Now I need to know what it is, and if it's annual or perennial, so I know if I should plant something in the now empty space. Here is a link to the photo (hopefully this one works):

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2010


The plant in the photo is Ruellia, also called Mexican Petunia. It is a perennial and should come back every spring. Pruning on an annual basis will keep it under control. Without pruning it can get quite large. Enjoy your new landscape!

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