Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Blue to Violet.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 16, 2013 1:03 PM

Carolina Wild Petunia is a native perennial here in Florida. Widespread throughout the state, it is found in disturbed sites, open woodlands, and forest margins. This plant tolerates a variety of growing conditions; from dry to moist soil and from full sun to full shade. The plant grows 12 to 18 inches tall and has short-stalked 5" long leaves attached to hairy upright stems. The funnel-shaped lavender to purple (or occasionally white) flowers are 1 to 2 inches in length and appear solitary or in small groups at the leaf attachments on the terminal end of the stem. The fruit of the Carolina Wild Petunia is a small oval yellow capsule of about 1/2" in length, turning green and then brown with age. When mature, the small seeds are forcibly expelled from the capsule and may travel quite a distance.

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