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Ruellia humilis

Ruellia humilis
hairy wild petunia

Common name hairy wild petunia
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers lavender (summer)
Size 18-24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (drought-tolerant)
From seed give a few months cold, germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly November

Ruellia humilis

South-central US native, occurs naturally in open woods, prairies, and fields. Started from seed in early 2005, I wasn't sure if our crop had overwintered, and forgot about them until mid-summer 2006, when all of a sudden I noticed a soft-blue flower on a lax plant with hairy stems and leaves. Nice enough, although I haven't figured out yet where in our garden would best suit it. The barbed-hairy seedpods are interesting in their own right, and occur in clusters along the stem.
In spring of 2007, I confirmed the late-rising nature of the plants: their regrowth did not become apparent until early May.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (55%G, 3-6d)

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