Ruellia humilis
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Ruellia humilis

wild petunia

  family acanthaceae 
  genus ruellia 

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Identification
Genus  Ruellia Species  humilis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  wild petunia Family  ACANTHACEAE Specimen number  S11381 Data source  HtZn p164
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Sandy Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-06 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Ruellia humilis can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. Wild petunia needs summer days with high heat. The optimal soil texture for this plant is one that is sandy. This species likes full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry soils.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  Ruellia humilis may have originated from Eastern US.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ruellia humilis is a perennial. Flowers: Wild petunia has 2" funnel shaped flowers with five petals and attractive inner markings. Blossoms appear in June and continue through October. The flowers are usually a violet color, with an accent in purple.

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