Ruellia caroliniensis

Carolina wildpetunia, wild petunia

Acanthaceae

wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1.0 to 2.5 ft    Width: .75 to 2.0 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      blue,lavender
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      green,brown
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Groundcover along with other low-growing wildflowers.
Propagation: Seed capsules are mature and ready to be collected about two months after the flower withers and the capsule turns brown. These pods will eventually open on their own and self-seed, so it is best to bag the seed pods when they first turn brown. Seeds must be cold stratified to insure germination. Carolina Wild Petunia can also be propagated by summer cuttings and propagation by division once the plant is a couple of years old.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: 7.9 to 8.5

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant  
Carolina Wild Petunia is host plant for the larva of the Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), and White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae), butterflies. Also attracts many other pollinators.
Native Habitats: Dry mesic hammocks, flatwoods, sandhill, disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B,11

Other

Other Comments: Wild petunia's flower only last for a day, but they have a very long flowering period, starting in early spring and going strong through the fall. Please use this Florida native instead of its widely-sold relative, the invasive Mexican petunia.