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Ruellia humilis

Wild Petunia / Fringeleaf Wild Petunia

Thick, deep-green, hairy foliage forms a dense spreading mound that comes alive with petunia-like lavender to lilac-blue flowers from July through Sept. This plant puts on quite a show weaving throughout the garden while providing outstanding cover, ample nectar and a great rain garden presence.

Benefits

Host plant for the Buckeye and several other butterfly species
Perfect for mass plantings in sunny, moist areas
Long bloom period with lots of garden color
A rare plant that is moisture and drought tolerant
Easy to grow and pest free
Outstanding cover for garden critters
Long bloom means many nectar seeking butterflies

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips


Prefers average, dry to medium moisture in well-drained soil. iGrow in full sun to light shade.






Height
8-12 Inches

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Spread
12-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Found in open woods and prairies from Pennsylvania west to Minnesota and Nebraska, south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

Providing high quality cover by mimicking the many layers of natural plant communities will support increased wildlife diversity in your landscape. Using layers of plants from tall to small will allow your yard to teem with activity.


"Dense foliage offers cover to me while the flowers treat my butterfly friends to a nip of nectar!"

Good Companions
Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Wet Sun
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin