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The Wild Petunia, is a beautiful addition to any native garden. This herbaceous perennial grows up to 2 feet tall and produces stunning purple-blue flowers that bloom from summer to fall. It is a native plant to the central and eastern regions of North America and is known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.


•Size at Maturity: Typically grows up to 1-2 feet tall.

•Bloom Season: Blooms from late spring to summer, producing trumpet-shaped lavender to purple flowers.

•Native Status to Florida: Native to Florida.

•pH Requirements: Tolerant of a wide range of soil pH levels, but typically found in slightly acidic to neutral soils.

•Sun Exposure: Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

•Salt Tolerance: Low salt tolerance.

•Moisture Requirements: Prefers consistently moist to wet soil; commonly found in wetland habitats.

•Wildlife Benefits: Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies with its nectar-rich flowers. Provides habitat and cover for small wildlife species. It is the host plant for caterpillars of the Common Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia), and the White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) butterfly.

•Phenology: Produces trumpet-shaped lavender to purple flowers with lance-shaped leaves.

•Considerations (if any): Wild Petunia can self-seed and spread in the garden, but it’s not considered invasive.

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, rain gardens, or naturalized areas with consistent moisture.

•Toxicity to Pets: Ruellia species are not reported to be toxic to pets, but ingestion may cause mild gastrointestinal upset.

Wild Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

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