The stuff of horror movies is in your garden; meat eating plants, larvae that devours you from within, birds that attack you. They are the inspiration of movies such as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Birds” and many space alien invaders ... READ MORE
Jumping out from the bushes to scare us this week is Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex). Mexican petunia is a Category 1 invasive plant, the worst category of invasiveness used by the Florida Invasive Species Council. Category 1 invasive plants ... READ MORE
You may be seeing the Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) popping up in your lawns in early spring. It is a pretty little plant native to Florida and endemic to the southeastern U.S.
It is a herbaceous, long-lived perennial and ... READ MORE
Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex)
You can easily identify Mexican Petunia in the landscape. Its upright growth produces beautiful blue to purple flowers. Growing approximately 3' tall, it is commonly seen placed as a perennial plant along edges ... READ MORE
Q: I bought a pink Mexican petunia and it has taken over my yard. I am finding it every where. What can I do to get rid of it?
A: Truly this plant is a pest in our area. Mexican petunia, Ruellia brittoniana, is listed as a Category I invasive ... READ MORE