Ruellia caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Steud. - Carolina Wild Petunia
Family - Acanthaceae
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.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 6-27-05.