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Ruellia tweediana

 
Ruellia tweediana

Common name Britton's wild petunia; Mexican bluebell
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers pale violet
Size 18"
Light sun-part shade

We received this as part of a "perennial" package for our filtration bog - unlabeled. If my internet-aided identification is correct, we'll sadly have to go without this plant next year, since it is rather tender in our climate. Still, it was nice to have around for half a season - it bloomed almost continuously for several months, and the foliage is attractive as well. This plant is considered invasive in warm climates, but there's little chance of it being a problem in Pennsylvania.

Britton's wild petunia; Mexican bluebell
Not flowering, but still holding its own in mid-November, after frosts have come and gone.

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

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