Ruellia caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Steud. - Carolina Wild Petunia

Ruellia caroliniensis plant

Family - Acanthaceae

Stems:

Ruellia caroliniensis stem

Ruellia caroliniensis stem

Leaves:

Ruellia caroliniensis leaves

Inflorescence:

Ruellia caroliniensis inflorescence

Flowers:

Ruellia caroliniensis calyxCalyx.

Ruellia caroliniensis flower

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Dry woods, sandy fields, rock crevices, flatwoods, hammocks.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found essentially throughout Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its opposite, petiolate leaves, big blue flowers, and long, thin calyx lobes. The plant is very attractive and is certainly worthy of cultivation. It grows well from seed and requires no care once established.
The genus name Ruellia is given in honor of early French herbalist Jean Ruelle (1474 - 1537).
The species epithet caroliniensis means "Carolinian, from Carolina."

Alabama Distribution:

Ruellia caroliniensis map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 6-27-05.


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