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
  • County: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
Full sunFull Sun
Partial sunPartial Sun
Moderate wateringModerate Watering

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