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Fringe-leaf Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis


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Fringe-leaf Wild Petunia
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Family: Acanthaceae, Acanthus view all from this family

Description Fringe-leaf Wild Petunia's multi-branched stem may reach a height of 2 ft. but is usually less than a foot tall. The perennial's short internodes give the plant a compact, leafy, bushy appearance. Its showy flowers are petunia-shaped and vary in color from lavender to purple.

Flower April - October (in south); June - August (in north).

Flower April - October (in south); June - August (in north)

Habitat Gravelly hillsides; dry prairies; open woods.

Range Pennsylvania to Wisconsin and e. Kansas, south to w. North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Texas.

Exposure Preference Sun to partial sun.

Native Distribution Pennsylvania to Wisconsin & e. Kansas, s. to w. North Carolina, Alabama & Texas

Site Preference Gravelly hillsides; dry prairies; open woods

Soil Preference Gravelly soils.