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Violet Wild Petunia Ruellia nudiflora

 

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Violet Wild Petunia
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Alternate name: Violet Ruellia

Family: Acanthaceae, Acanthus view all from this family



Description Violet Wild Petunia is a semi-sprawling perennial, up to 28 in. high, from a somewhat woody base. Flowers are lavender to purple, trumpet-shaped, deeply lobed at the flared rim, and open about sunrise, falling from the plant in early afternoon. Gray-green leaves have curly or wavy-toothed margins.


Flower March - December.


Flower March - December


Habitat Foothills; prairies; thickets; wood edges; 2500 to 4000 ft.


Range S. Texas to s. Arizona and n.e. Mexico.


Discussion The plant's showy flowers are produced in the summer in loose, terminal clusters; smaller clusters of nonopening, self-fertilizing flowers are produced in spring.


Comments The plant's showy flowers are produced in the summer in loose, terminal clusters; smaller clusters of nonopening, self-fertilizing flowers are produced in spring.


Exposure Preference Partial sun.


Native Distribution S. Texas to s. Arizona & n.e. Mexico


Site Preference Foothills; prairies; thickets; wood edges; 2500 to 4000 ft.


Soil Preference Heavy sands or clays


 

 

 

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