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Ruellia brittoniana (Mexican Petunia)

Type: Species | Edit History      Plant ID - 34372



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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Ruellia
Species: Ruellia brittoniana
 
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Plant Types edit
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial
Zones / Hardiness edit
  • 7a (to 5 F / -15 C)
  • 7b (to 10 F / -12 C)
  • 8a (to 15 F / -9 C)
  • 8b (to 20 F / -7 C)
  • 9a (to 25 F / -4 C)
  • 10a (to 35 F / 2 C)
Height (Maximum) edit
  • 2 to 5 feet (60 cm to 1 1/2 m)
Spread (Maximum) edit
  • 1 1/2 to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm)
Flowering Start edit
  • May
Flowering End edit
  • November
Leaf Colour edit
  • Green - Medium
Leaf Shape edit
  • Lanceolate
  • Opposite
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Suitable For edit
  • Border/Bed
  • Centre Piece
  • Container/Patio
  • Hedging/Screening
Sun Exposure edit
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
Soil Types edit
  • Well-drained
  • Moist
  • Clay / Heavy
  • Tolerant of Most Types
Soil pH edit
Bloom Colour edit
  • Lilac
  • Purple
  • Lavender
  • White
Wildlife Value edit
  • Bees
  • Butterflies (nectar source)
  • Hummingbirds
Propagation Techniques edit
  • Seed
  • Division
  • Stem Cutting
Skill Level edit
  • Beginner
Additional Short Notes add
  • In full, hot sun the leaves will take on a bluish cast, the more sun the more blooms it will have. edit | delete
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Contributors For This Plant
toni (36069)
glendann (290)
cherylad (2487)
Freckles (42)
  elgwailo (1)
KatyBug (135)
featherphobia (181)


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glendann (290) wrote on Jun 09 2008
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This plant is a show off.It blooms and blooms.It can be an invasive plant

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  elgwailo (1) wrote on Feb 21 2009
While these plants will definitley take a beating a grow nonstop, they also will spread with abandon. Even the cracks in my driveway are chock full of them.

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cherylad (2487) wrote on May 11 2009
Mine really like water. The moister I keep the soil the more it blooms

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featherphobia (181) wrote on May 21 2010
OMG A "friend" gave me a start 15 years ago. I was was so carefull to plant it, my dogs trampled it. I was upset thought it was done for, little did I know the monster I unleashed. But as you've all pointed out it does bloom it's heads off

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Other names for this plant:
Ruellia malacosperma
Ruellia tweediana



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