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Ruellia caroliniensis

Carolina Wild-petunia , Hairy Wild-petunia, Common Wild Petunia

Scientific Name:

Ruellia caroliniensis

Genus:

Ruellia

Species Epithet:

caroliniensis

Common Name:

Carolina Wild-petunia , Hairy Wild-petunia, Common Wild Petunia

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry to moist forests and woodlands. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Host plant for Common Buckeye

Carolina Petunia

Judy & Horst Stierand's yard July 4, 2008, Whitsett, NC

image

© Horst Stierand

Blossom

image

© Horst Stierand

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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