Ruellia caroliniensis

  • Family name: Acanthaceae
  • Host plant for: Occasionally Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)
  • General description: Erect herbaceous perennial with opposite leaves and lavender to blue tubular flowers. Adaptable and easy to cultivate. Prefers moist, well-drained sites in sun to partial shade but will tolerate drier soils with regular irrigation. Underused wildflower in gardens. Showy in numbers. Ready spreads by reseeding.
  • Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Flower: Tubular, lavender to blue flowers
  • Bloom time: Spring to fall
  • Soil type: Moist, well-drained soils
  • Maximum height: 2 feet
  • Candidate for home gardens: Easy to cultivate. Showy in mass
  • Availability in nursery: Specialty and native plant nurseries
  • Frenquency in the wild: Common
  • Habitat: hardwood forests, ruderal
  • Range in Florida
Full sunFull Sun
Partial sunPartial Sun
Moderate wateringModerate Watering

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