Ruellia Brittoniana Plant Information
Ruellia Brittoniana grows in the following 8 states:Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Texas
Ruellia simplex (Britton's wild petunia, Mexican petunia, Mexican bluebell) is a species of flowering plant in the acanthus family, Acanthaceae. It is a native of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. It has become a widespread invasive plant in Florida, where it was likely introduced as an ornamental before 1933.
Ruellia simplex is an evergreen perennial growing 3ft (0.91m) tall, forming colonies of stalks with lance-shaped leaves that are 6 to 12in (15 to 30cm) and .5 to .75in (1.3 to 1.9cm) wide. Trumpet shaped flowers are metallic blue to purple, with five petals, and 3in (7.6cm) wide. There is a dwarf variety that is only 1ft (0.30m) tall.
"Ruellia simplex C.Wright" is the oldest and accepted name for this species, which has been variously called Ruellia angustifolia (Nees) Lindau, Ruellia brittoniana Leonard, and Cryphiacanthus angustifolius Nees, among several synonyms. The genus is named after French botanist Jean Ruel, while the specific name refers to the simple, not compound leaves.
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