Wild Petunia is a native wildflower found throughout Florida in native woodlands (Fig. 1). They spread and are known as strong growers under adverse conditions. This 12-tall plant has light green leaves that are medium in texture. Blue or violet flowers appear on this perennial in the spring, summer and fall. These flowers are showy, and their nectar is appealing to various species of butterflies.
Scientific name: Ruellia caroliniensis
Pronunciation: roo-EL-lee-uh kair-roe-lin-nee-EN-sis
Common name(s): Wild Petunia
Fact sheet: Wild Petunia
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