Wild Florida Photo - Ruellia caroliniensis

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Ruellia caroliniensis

CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA

HAIRY RUELLIA

CAROLINA RUELLIA

Florida native

 

A common wildflower of sandhills, flatwoods and hammocks throughout most of Florida. The range extends throughout the southeast coastal states from New Jersey to Texas, plus Oklahoma and east of the Mississippi north into Illinois to Pennsylvania.
Flowers are bluish violet and funnel shaped 2.5-5 cm (1-2 in.) long and sessile. The corolla has five nearly equal sized lobes and four stamens. The leaves are opposite, simple, entire, lanceolate to ovate, 4-10 cm (1.5 - 4 in.) long and tapering to a short petiole. Fruit is a smooth capsule 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cm (0.5 - 0.6 in.) long with brown seeds. Flowers bloom from spring through summer and into fall.

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Ruellia caroliniensis is a member of the Acanthaceae - Acanthus family.

Other species of the Ruellia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Ruellia simplex - BRITTON'S WILD PETUNIA