Ruellia simplex, Ruellia brittoniana, Mexican petunia, Mexican Blue Bell

Ruellia simplex, Ruellia brittoniana

Mexican petunia, Mexican Blue Bell
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Mexico
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Dwarf ruellia plants never get over 1 ft tall and the flowers are bunched right in with the leaves on very short stems. Although the blossoms each last only one day, there are usually plenty of buds forming so that there is a succession of new blooms over long periods. The leaves of this ruellia are dark green and very slender. The flower resembles a Petunia in form. As with the other ruellias, this flower does well under quite a variety of conditions, including full sun to shade, as well as dry to damp. They are rather cold-tender and can sometimes be killed by a very hard freeze, but most of the time they come back from the roots.

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