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Ruellia simplex 'Mayan White'

Ruellia simplex 'Mayan White'

Common name Mexican petunia
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers white
Size 3-4'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Evergreen shrubby perennial. The species has purple flowers, this cultivar blooms in white. It has a reputation for spreading aggressively by runners, and I found this to be quite true. Both the original clump and a few offsets in the nursery container that I planted elsewhere grew to giant and expanding clumps by the following summer. In the end, I decided that fighting their aggressive ways was more trouble than it was worth, so I took out both stands – which filled up my compost pile completely.

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

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