Ruellia humilis

(Fringeleaf Wild Petunia)

Scientific Name Ruellia humilis USDA PLANTS Symbol RUHU
Common Name Fringeleaf Wild Petunia, Low Ruellia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 565466
Family Acanthaceae (Acanthus) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry meadows, open woodlands.
Plant: Upright to sprawling perennial up to 2-1/2 feet tall; branched, leafy stems.
Leaves: Opposite, crowded, on very short petioles, ovate to lanceolate leaves, 1 to 3 inches long, often hairy; short hairs along edges.
Inflorescence: Lavender-to-purplish funnel-shaped blossoms with 5 lobes, darker streaks inside; white stamens and pistil. Blossoms last one day, fragile to the touch.
Bloom Period: April to October.
Reference: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses.
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